List of Galician words of Celtic origin

This is a list of Galician words of Celtic origin, many of them being shared with Portuguese (sometimes with minor differences) since both languages have a common origin in medieval Galician-Portuguese. A few of these words existed in Latin as loanwords from a Celtic source, usually Gaulish, while others have been later received from other languages, mainly French, Occitan, and in some cases Spanish. Finally, some were directly acquired from Gallaecian, the local pre-Latin Celtic language. Any form with an asterisk (*) is unattested and therefore hypothetical.

A systematic investigation of the Celtic words in Galician is still lacking.[1]

A - C

  • abanqueiro[2][3] [m] 'waterfall' < *'(beaver) dam', formally a derivative in -arium of *abanco, from Proto-Celtic *abankos 'beaver, water demon'[4][5] cognate of Old Irish abacc 'dwarf', Welsh afanc 'beaver, dwarf', Breton avank 'dwarf, sea monster'. Akin also to Arpitan avans 'wicker'.[6]
  • abeneiro [7] [m] 'common alder', a derivative in -arium of *abona 'river', related to Breton aven, Welsh afon, Irish abha/abhainn 'river'.
  • abrancar[8] 'to embrace', from Latin branca 'paw', of probable Celtic origin.[9]
  • abrollar[10] 'to sprout', from Celtic *brogilos 'copse'.[11]
  • álamo [m] 'poplar tree', Germ. elma 'elm' (< *h1elHm-o), Latin ulmus 'elm' (< *h1elHm-o), Celtic *alamo (by Joseph's rule < *elamo < *h1elHm-o).[12]
  • albó, alboio [m] 'shed, barn, enclosure', from proto-Celtic *ɸare-bow-yo-,[13] cognate of Old Irish airbe 'hedge, fence, pen'.
  • Old Galician ambas [f p] 'waters, river', ambas mestas [f] 'confluence',[14][15] from Celtic ambe[16] 'water, river', akin to Gaulish ambe 'river', Old Irish abu.
  • androlla 'pig's large intestine', from *anterolia 'entrails' < *h1ṇter-o 'that is between, internal', Asturian androya, Sanskrit antrá 'entrails, guts', Armenian ənderk, Hittite andurza 'insides', Greek éntera , Celtic enātro[17]
  • angazo 'rake', from *ankatio 'hook' < *h2ṇk-ā-tyo, Asturian angazu and angüezu, old Irish écath ‘fish hook’, middle Welsh anghad < *h2ṇk-o-to (EDPC: 37).[17]
  • banastra [f] 'basket', from Old French banaste, from Celtic *benna 'cart'.[18]
  • banzo[2] [m] (alternative spelling banço) 'crossbar, beam', from *wṇk-yo,[4] cognate of Spanish banzo; akin to Irish féice < *wenk-yo, 'ridgepole'.
Derivatives: banza 'backrest', banzado, banzao 'palisade, dam'.
  • barga [f] 'hut; wall made of hurdles; hurdle, fence', from Celtic *wraga,[19][20] cognate of Spanish varga 'hut', French barge, akin to Old Irish fraig, Irish fraigh 'braided wall, roof, pen', Br gwrac'hell 'haybale, rick of hay'.
Derivatives: bargo 'stake or flagstone used for making fences or walls'; barganzo, bargado 'hurdle, fence'.
  • barra [f] 'garret, loft, upper platform', from proto-Celtic *barro-,[4][5] cognate of Irish, Breton barr 'summit, peak, top', Welsh bar
  • bascullo [m] 'bundle of straw; broom', from proto-Celtic *baski- 'bundle',[5] cognate of Gascon bascojo 'basket', Asturian bascayu 'broom', Breton bec'h 'bundle, load'.
Watercress (1)
  • berro [m] 'watercress', from proto-Celtic *beru-ro-,[4][5][21][22] cognate of Spanish berro; akin to Old Irish biror, Welsh berwr, Old Breton beror; similarly French berle 'water parsnip' (< berula ; Ir biolar, Breton beler).
  • bico [m] 'beak, kiss', from proto-Celtic *bekko-,[5][23][24] cognate of Italian becco, French bec.
Derivatives: bicar 'to kiss', bicaño 'hill', bicallo (a fish, Gadus luscus).
  • bidueiro[2] [m] < *betūlariu, biduo [m] < *betūlu, bidulo [m] < *betūllu 'birch',[25] from Celtic *betu- or *betū-,[4][5] cognate of Spanish biezo, Catalan beç, Occitan bèç (< bettiu); Spanish abedul, French bouleau, Italian betulla (< betula); akin to Irish beith, Welsh bedw, Breton bezv.
Derivatives: Bidueiral, Bidual 'place with birch-trees'.
  • billa,[2] alternative spelling bilha, [f] 'spigot; stick' to Proto-Celtic *beljo- 'tree, trunk',[26] akin to Old Irish bille 'large tree, tree trunk', Manx billey 'tree', Welsh pill 'stump', Breton pil; cognate of French bille 'log, chunk of wood'.
  • borba[2] [f] 'mud, slime, mucus', from proto-Celtic *borwâ-,[27] cognate of French bourbe 'mud'; akin to Irish borb 'mud, slime', bearbh 'boiling', Welsh berw 'boiling', Breton berv 'broth, bubbling'.
Derivatives: borbento 'mucilaginous'.
  • borne [m] 'edge', from French borne 'milestone, landmark', from Old French bosne, bodne, from Vulgar Latin *bodĭna / *budĭna 'border tree', from proto-Celtic *botina 'troop'.,[28] akin to Old Irish buiden, Welsh byddin 'army' (from *budīnā)
  • braga[2] [f] 'trousers', from proto-Celtic *braco-,[29] cognate of Spanish, Occitan braga, French braie, Italian brache.
Derivatives: bragal, bragada 'spawn', bragueiro 'trus'.
  • braña [f] (alternative spelling branha) 'meadow, bog, quagmire', from proto-Celtic *bragno-,[5][30] cognate of Asturian and Cantabrian braña, Catalan braina, akin to Irish brén, Welsh braen, Breton brein 'putrid'; Ir bréanar, W braenar, Br breinar 'fallow field'.
Derivatives: brañal, brañeira, brañento 'idem'.
  • breixo[31] [m] 'heather', from *broccius,[32] from Proto-Celtic *vroiki-,[26] akin to Old Irish froich, Welsh grug, gwrug, Cornish grug, Breton brug; cognate of Spanish brezo, Occitan bruga, French bruyère.
  • Old Galician bren [m] 'bran', maybe from Provençal brem, from proto-Celtic *brenno-,[33] cognate of French bran, Lombard bren.
  • bringa[34] [f]'stalk, rod', from *brīnikā, from Celtic *brīnos 'rod'; akin to Welsh brwyn 'rush', Cornish broenn, Breton broen; cognate of French brin 'blade (of grass), stalk'.
  • brío[2] [m] 'might, power', from Italian brio, from Catalan/Old Occitan briu 'wild', from Celtic *brigos,[5] cognate of Occitan briu, Old French brif 'finesse, style'; akin to Old Irish bríg 'power', Welsh bri 'prestige, authority', Breton bri 'respect'.
  • Old Galician busto [m] 'cattle farm, dairy', from a Celtic compound *bow-sto-[35] meaning 'cow-place', akin to Celtiberian boustom 'cow shed, byre', Old Irish bua-thech 'cow house/byre'; cognate of Portuguese bostar, Spanish bustar
Derivatives: bustar 'pastures'.
  • cacha 'head' from *kápula like old Saxon hafola 'head' (< *kap-ula, EDPG: 215) and Sanskrit kapāla 'skull'(< *kap-ola). This word retains the /p/ and possibly be pre-Celtic.
  • cai [m] 'quay, jetty', maybe from French (itself from Norman) quai, from proto-Celtic *kag-yo-,[5][36][37] akin to Welsh cae, Cornish ke, Breton kae 'hedge'; French chai 'cellar'.
  • callao [m] 'boulder; pebble', from Celtic *kalyāwo- 'stone'.[38]
  • cambiar 'to change', from Vulgar Latin cambiare, from proto-Celtic *kambo-,[4][5][39] cognate of French changer, Occitan/Spanish cambiar, Catalan canviar, Italian cambiare; akin to Breton kemm 'exchange', Old Irish cimb 'ransom'.
Derivatives: cambio 'exchange', cambiador 'exchanger'.
  • camba[2] [f] 'wheel rim' from proto-Celtic *kambo-,[4][5][40] cognate of Old Irish camm 'crooked, bent, curved'. Cognate of Occitan cambeta 'part of plough', Limousin Occitan chambija (< *cambica) 'part of plough'
Derivatives: cambito, cambada, camballa, cambeira 'coil; crooked log for hanging fish', cambela 'type of plough', cambota 'beam'.
  • camiño[2][41] [m] 'pathway', alternative spelling caminho, from Vulgar Latin *cammīnus, from proto-Celtic *kanxsman-,[5][42] cognate of Italian cammino, French chemin, Spanish camino, Catalan camí, Occitan camin ; akin to Old Irish céimm, Cornish and Breton kamm 'step'.
Derivatives: camiñar 'to walk'.
  • camisa[2] [f] 'shirt' from Latin, from Gaulish camisia.[43] cognate of Spanish/Occitan camisa, Italian camicia, French chainse
  • cando [m] 'dry stick', from medieval candano, from Celtic *kando- 'bright, white', cognate of Welsh cann 'bright, light'.[44]
  • canga[2][45] [f] 'collar, yoke', from Celtic *kambika.[46]
  • canto [m] 'rim, corner', from proto-Celtic *kanto-,[4] akin to Old Irish cét 'round stone pillar, Welsh cant 'tire rim', Breton kant 'disk'; cognate of Old French chant, Occitan cant, Spanish canto.
Derivatives: recanto 'corner', cantón 'edge of a field', acantoar 'to hide, to isolate', cantil 'cliff'
Carro Ribadavia 060115 05
A Galician traditional carro. The wheels are built with cambas or curved pieces; the laterals of the cart are called chedas.
  • carozo [m] 'fruit core', asturian caruezu, both from *karosio < *kro-o-syo, related with Celtic *karīso ‘fruit core’ (< *kro-ī-so, Welsh ceri, Schrijver 1991, 208) and Latin carīna ‘nut shell’ (< *kro-is-na, EDL: 93).
  • carro [m] 'cart, wagon', from Vulgar Latin carrum, from proto-Celtic *karro-,[4][5][47] cognate of Rumanian car, Italian carro, French char, Provençal car, Spanish carro; akin to Irish carr, Welsh car, Breton karr.
Derivatives: carreira 'road', carregar 'to load'.
  • caxigo [m] 'oak; Portuguese oak', from *cassīcos, from Celtic *cassos 'curly, twisted',[48] akin to Irish cas 'twist, turn, spin', Old Welsh cascord 'to twist'; cognate of Asturian caxigu, Aragonese caixico, Gascon casse, French chêne 'oak' (< *cassanos).
  • centolo [m] 'European spider crab', akin to Gaulish personal name CINTULLOS 'the first one',[49] from PCl *kintu- 'first'.
  • cervexa[2] [f] 'beer', alternative spelling cerveja, from Vulgar Latin *cerevisia, from Gaulish[50] Cognates: Old French cervoise, Provençal, Spanish cerveza; akin to Old Irish coirm, Welsh cwrw, Cornish and Breton korev.
  • cheda[2] [f] 'lateral external board of a cart, where the crossbars are affixed', from Medieval Latin cleta, from proto-Celtic *klētā,[4][5][51] cognate of Irish cloí (cloidhe) 'fence', clíath 'palisade, hurdle', Welsh clwyd 'barrier, wattle, scaffolding, gate', Cornish kloos 'fence', Breton kloued 'barrier, fence'; cognate of French claie 'rack, wattle fencing', Occitan cleda, Catalan cleda 'livestock pen', Basque gereta.
  • choco [m] 'cowbell; squid', from proto-Celtic *klokko-,[4][5][52] akin to Old Irish clocc, Welsh cloch, Breton kloc'h; cognate of Asturian llueca and llócara 'cowbell', French cloche 'bell', German Glock.
Derivatives: chocar 'to bang, to shock', chocallo 'cowbell'.
  • colmea[2] [m] 'beehive', from a Celtic form *kolmēnā 'made of straw'[53] (cf. Spanish colmena 'beehive'), from *kolmos 'straw', which gave Leonese cuelmo; cf. Welsh calaf "reed, stalk", Cornish kala and kalaven "straw", Breton kolo "stalk").
  • cómaro, comareiro [m] 'limits of a patch or field, usually left intentionally unploughed', from proto-Celtic *kom-ɸare-(yo)-,[5] cognate of Old Irish comair 'in front of', Welsh cyfair 'direction, place, spot, acre'. Or either to *kom-boros 'brought together'.[54]
Derivatives: acomarar 'to mark out a field (literally to dote with cómaros)'.
  • comba [f] 'valley, inflexion', from proto-Celtic *kumbā,[4][5][55] cognate of North Italian comba, French combe, Occitan comba; akin to Irish com, Welsh cwm 'hollow (land form)', Cornish komm 'small valley, dingle', Breton komm 'small valley, deep water'.
  • combarro [m], combarrizo [m] 'shed, shelter',[56] from proto-Celtic *kom-ber-o- 'bring together'.[5] Cognate of Middle French combres 'palisade in a river, for fishing'.
  • combo [m] (adj.) 'curved, bent', from Celtic *kumbo-,[4][5][57] cognate of Provençal comb, Spanish combo.
Derivatives: combar 'to bend'.
  • comboa [f] 'corral used for capturing fish trapped in low tide', from Old Galician combona, from Celtic *combā 'valley' or *cambos 'bent'.[57]
  • croio [m] 'rolling stone', croia [f] 'pip', from old-galician crougia > *cruia 'stone', Proto-Celtic *krowka (EDPC: 226, Oir. crùach 'hill'. W. crug 'cairn, hillock'.[58] Derivatives: croio (adj.) 'ugly, rude'; croído, croieira 'stony place/beach'.
  • crouca [f] 'head; withers (ox)', from Celtic croucā,[4][5][59] cognate of Provençal crauc 'heap', Occitan cruca 'cape (land form)'; akin to Irish cruach 'pile, haystack', Welsh crug 'hillock, barrow, heap', Cornish and Breton krug 'mound, barrow'.
Derivatives: crocar 'swell, bulge, bruise', croque 'bump'.
  • curro [m] 'corral, pen; corner', from Celtic *korro-,[5] akin to Middle Irish cor 'circle, turn', corrán 'sickle', Welsh cor 'enclosure', Cornish kor 'turn, veering'; cognate of Spanish corro, corral.
Derivatives: curruncho, currucho, currullo 'corner, end', currusco 'protruding part (in bread)', curral 'corral, pen'.

D - Z

  • dorna [f] 'a type of boat; trough, measurement (volume)',[60] from proto-Celtic *durno- 'fist'.,[61] Irish dorn fist, Welsh dwrn, Cornish and Breton dorn 'hand'; Akin to Old French, Occitan dorn, 'a handful'.[62] Nevertheless, the Asturian duerna 'bowl' demand a form **dorno-, and for this reason, perhaps a form *dor-no (made of wood) is more possible.[63]
  • embaixada [f] 'embassy', from Provençal ambaissada, from ambaissa 'service, duty', from proto-Celtic *ambactos 'servant',[64] akin to Welsh amaeth 'farm', Cornish ammeth 'farming', Old Breton ambaith, modern Breton amaezh.
  • engo, irgo [m] 'danewort', from *édgo, from a Low Latin EDUCUS, from Gaulish odocos,[65] idem.[66] Cognate of Spanish yezgo, Asturian yeldu, Provençal olègue, idem.
  • gabela [f] 'handful, faggot', alternative spelling gavela, from proto-Celtic *gabaglā-,[67][68][69] cognate of French javelle, Provençal gavela, Spanish gavilla; akin to Old Cornish gavael 'catch, capture', Irish gabháil 'get, take, grab, capture', gabhal 'fork'.
  • galga [f] 'plain stone', from *gallikā, to Proto-Celtic *gallos 'stone',[4] akin to Irish gall, French galet 'gravel' gallete 'plain cake', Spanish galga.
Derivatives: galgar 'carving a stone to make it plain and regular'.
  • gorar[2] 'to hatch, to brood (an egg, or a sickness)', from proto-Celtic *gʷhor-,[70][71] akin to Irish gor 'sit on eggs, brood (eggs)' Welsh/Cornish gori 'to brood, sit (on eggs)', Breton goriñ.
Derivatives: goro 'warmed infertile egg'.
  • gubia [f] 'gouge', from Celtic *gulbia, from *gulb- 'beak',[72][73] cognate of Portuguese goiva, Spanish gubia, French gouge, Italian gubba; akin to Old Irish gulba 'sting', Irish gealbhán 'sparrow', Welsh gylyf 'sickle', gylf 'beak'.
  • lándoa [f] 'uncultivated plot', from *landula, Romance derivative of proto-Celtic *landā,[4][5][74] cognate of Old Irish lann 'land, plot', Welsh lann 'church-yard', Breton lann 'heath', French lande 'sandy moor, heath', Provençal, Catalan landa.
  • laxe[2][75] [f] 'stone slab', alternative spelling lage, from the medieval form lagena, from proto-Celtic *ɸlāgenā,[76] cognate of Old Irish lágan, láigean, Welsh llain 'broad spearhead, blade'; akin to Irish láighe 'mattock, spade'.
  • legua or légua[77] [f] 'league', to Proto-Celtic *leukā, cognate of French lieue, Spanish legua; akin to Old Irish líe (genitive líag) 'stone', Irish lia
Leiras en Muxia
Walled leiras, in Muxía, Galicia.
  • leira [f] 'plot, delimited and levelled field', from the medieval form laria, from proto-Celtic *ɸlār-yo-,[5][78] akin to Old Irish làr 'ground, floor', Cornish and Breton leur 'ground', Welsh llawr 'floor'. However, for the Spanish dialectal lera 'vegetable garden, area of land' (Salamanca) is proposed a Latin origin *illam aream > *l'aream > laira, which don't appears to be appropriate for the Galician forms, already documented as larea and ipsa larea in 870.[79]
Derivatives: leiro 'small, ou unleveled, plot', leirar 'land working', leiroto, leiruca 'small plot'.
  • Old Galician ler [m] 'sea, seashore', from proto-Celtic *liros,[4][5] cognate of Old Irish ler, Irish lear, Welsh llyr 'sea'.
  • lercha[80] [f] 'rod, stick (used for hanging fish)', from proto-Celtic *wliskā[81] 'stick', cognate of Old Irish flesc.
  • lousa[2] [f] 'flagstone', from Proto-Celtic *laws-,[82] cognate of Provençal lausa, Spanish losa, French losenge 'diamond'.
Derivatives: enlousar 'to cover with flagstones', lousado 'roof'.
  • marulo [m] 'big, fat kid', from *mārullu,[83] diminutive of Proto-Celtic *māros 'large, great, big', akin to Irish mór, Welsh mawr, Cornish and Breton meur.
  • meniño [m] 'kid, child, baby', alternative spelling meninho, from medieval mennino, from proto-Celtic *menno-,[5] akin to Old Irish menn 'kid (goat)', Irish meannán, Welsh myn, Cornish mynn, Breton menn.
Derivatives: meniñez 'childhood'.
A miñoca.
  • miñoca [f] 'earthworm', alternative spelling minhoca, dialectal mioca, miroca, from medieval *milocca, from proto-Celtic *mîlo-,[4][5] akin to Asturian milu, merucu 'earthworm', Irish míol 'worm, maggot', Welsh, Cornish and Breton mil 'animal'.
  • mostea [f] 'bundle of straw', from proto-Celtic *bostā- 'hand, palm, fist'.,[84] Irish bos, bas 'palm of hand'.
  • olga [f] 'patch, plot', from proto-Celtic *ɸolkā,[85][86][87] cognate of French ouche, Provençal olca. Nevertheless, *ɸolkā should become **ouca.
  • osca [f] 'notch', from Celtic *oska 'idem', cognate of Asturian güezca, Occitan osca, Old French osche, Modern French hoche, Welsh osg 'idem'.[88]
  • peza [f] 'piece', alternative spelling peça, from Vulgar Latin *pettia, from Gaulish petsi, from proto-Celtic *kʷezdi,[5][89][90] cognate of Italian pezza, French pièce, Spanish pieza; akin to Old Irish cuit (Irish cuid) 'piece, share, part', Welsh peth 'thing', Breton pezh.
Derivatives: empezar 'to begin'.
  • rego [m], rega [f] 'furrow, ditch', from proto-Celtic *ɸrikā,[91][92][93] akin to Welsh rhych, Breton reg, Scottish/Irish riach 'trace left from something'; cognate of French raie, Occitan, Catalan rega, Basque erreka, Italian riga 'wrinkle'.
Derivatives: derregar 'to mark out a field', regato 'stream, gully, glen'.
  • reo [m] 'Salmo trutta trutta', from a Celtic form rhedo (Ausonius).[94]
  • rodaballo[2] [m] 'turbot', alternative spelling rodavalho, from a Celtic composite form *roto-ball-jo-,[95] meaning 'round-extremity', akin to Irish roth 'wheel', Welsh rhod, Breton rod, and Irish ball 'limb, organ'.
  • saboga, samborca [f] 'allis shad', akin to Gaulish samauca, idem, from Celtic *samākā 'summery'.[96]
  • saio [97] [m] 'coat' and saia [f] 'skirt', from the medieval form sagia, from an ancient Celtic form from which also Latin sagum 'robe'.[98]
  • seara, senra [f] 'sown field recently broken up, but which is left fallow', from a medieval form senara, a Celtic compound of *seni- 'apart, separated' (cf. Old Irish sain 'alone', Welsh han 'other') and *aro- 'ploughed field'.[99] (cf. Welsh âr, Irish ár 'ploughed field').
  • tasca [f] and tascón [m], 'swingle', related to Galatian taskós 'peg, stake'.[100]
  • tol and tola[101] [m / f] 'irrigation channel', to Proto-Celtic *tullo- 'pierced, perforated',[26] akin to Irish toll 'hollow, cave, hole', Welsh twll 'hole', Cornish toll 'hole', Breton toull 'hole'; cognate of Spanish tollo 'hole', Catalan toll 'pool in a river', Old French tolon 'hill, upland'.
  • tona [f] 'skin, bark, scum of milk', from proto-Celtic *tondā,[5][102][103] cognate of Old Irish tonn, Welsh tonn.
Derivatives: toneira 'pot for obtaining butter from the milk'.
Toxos e breixos
Toxos and breixos, near O Grove
  • toxo [m], alternative spelling tojo, 'gorse, furze (Ulex europaeus)', from Celtic *togi-,[104] akin to Spanish/Gascon toja, French dialectal tuie.
Derivatives: fura-toxos 'marten'; toxa 'ulex gallii'; toxedo, toxa, toxeira 'place with toxos'.
  • trosma[105] [m] 'awkward, dimwitted', from proto-Celtic *trudsmo- or *truksmo- 'heavy',[106] akin to Old Irish tromm, Welsh trwm.
  • trado, trade [m] 'auger', from proto-Celtic *taratro-,[4][5][107] cognate of Irish tarathar, Welsh taradr, Breton tarar, Occitan taraire, Catalan taradre, Spanish taladro, French tarière, Romansch tarader.
Derivatives: tradar 'to drill'.
tranca [f], tranco [m] 'beam, pole', from proto-Celtic *tarankā,[108][109] cognate of Spanish tranca 'club, cudgel', French taranche 'screw bar, ratchet (wine press)', Provençal tarenco; akin to OIr tairinge 'iron nail, tine', Ir tairne 'metal nail, Sc tairnge 'nail'.
Derivatives: taranzón 'pillar inside the potter's oven' < *tarankyon-, tarangallo 'Wood nail, pin', trancar 'to bar a door'.
Galician traditional trobos or colmeas (beehives). The closer one is similar to reconstructed Iron Age huts.
  • trebo, trobo [m] 'beehive', from the medieval form trebano, proto-Celtic *trebno-,[5] akin to Old Irish treb 'farm', Cornish tre 'home; town', Welsh tref 'town'; akin to Asturian truébanu 'beehive', Provençal trevar 'to dwell, live (at)'.
  • trogo [m] 'sadness, anxiety, pity', from proto-Celtic *trougos,[4][5] akin to Old Irish tróg, Irish trogha, Welsh tru 'wretched', Breton tru 'miserable'; cognate of Portuguese truhão, Spanish truhan 'baffoon, jester', French truand 'beggar', Dutch treurig 'sad'.
  • trollo [m] 'semicircular rake to move the oven's hot coals'. Bret. troellen, Cornish trolh, Welsh troel, 'idem'.[110] However, Benozzo does not know the phonetic laws of Galician. The expected reflex of Celtic *trullo would be Modern Galician **trolo; trollo can be explained as a regular development from the Latin trulleus 'scoop'.
  • turro [m] 'boulder, heap', from a probably Celtic etymon *tūrra 'heap of earth', cognate of Welsh twrr 'heap'.[111]
  • vasalo [m] 'vassal' (alternative spelling vassalo), from Vulgar Latin vassalus, from proto-Celtic *wasto-,[5][112] cognate of French vassal, Spanish vasallo, Middle Irish foss 'servant', Welsh gwas 'servant; lad', Breton gwaz.
  • verea [f] 'main road', from the medieval form vereda, from Celtic *uɸo-rēdo-,[113][114] cognate of Spanish vereda 'pathway'; akin to Welsh gorwydd 'steed', Vulgar Latin veredus 'horse', French palefroi 'steed' (< *para-veredus).


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  15. ^ Moralejo (2007) p. 50.
  16. ^ Matasovic R. (2009), s.v. *abon-
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  19. ^ Coromines (1997) s.v. varga
  20. ^ TLFi s.v. barge3
  21. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1054
  22. ^ Donkin (1864), s.v. berro
  23. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. BECLOS
  24. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1013
  25. ^ Meyer-Lübke s. v. *betulus, *betullus
  26. ^ a b c Matasovic (2009) s.v.
  27. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. BORWOS
  28. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1235
  29. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1252
  30. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. MRAKNOS
  31. ^ Báscuas (2006) p. 134.
  32. ^ Cf. Coromines (1973) s.v. brezo.
  33. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1284
  34. ^ Coromines (1973) s.v. brizna.
  35. ^ Matasovic R. (2009), s.v. *bow-
  36. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. KAGOS
  37. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1480
  38. ^ Rivas Quintas 2015: 103; Buschmann 1965: 127.
  39. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1540
  40. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1542
  41. ^ Rivas Quintas 2015: 106; Buschmann 1965: 133.
  42. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1552
  43. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1550.
  44. ^ Rivas Quintas 2015: 109; Buschmann 1965: 135.
  45. ^ Rivas Quintas 2015: 110; Buschmann 1965: 130.
  46. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1541.
  47. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1721
  48. ^ Coromines (1997) s.v. quejigo; Matasovic (2009) s.v. *casso-
  49. ^ DCECH s.v. centollo
  50. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1830.
  51. ^ Meyer-Lübke 1988
  52. ^ Donkin (1864), s.v.
  53. ^ cf. Varela Sieiro, Xaime. Léxico Cotián na Alta Idade Media de Galicia: A arquitectura civil. Santiago, 2008. ISBN 978-84-9750-781-3. pp. 205-206.
  54. ^ Prósper (2002) p. 242.
  55. ^ Meyer-Lübke 2386
  56. ^ Varela Sieiro, Xaime (2008). Léxico cotián na alta Idade Media de Galicia : a arquitectura civil. Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. p. 207. ISBN 9788497507813.
  57. ^ a b Meyer-Lübke 2387
  58. ^ J. J. Moralejo "Documentación prelatina en Gallaecia". pg. 200
  59. ^ Meyer-Lübke 2340
  60. ^ Varela Sieiro, Xaime (2003). Léxico cotián na Alta Idade Media de Galicia : o enxoval. A Coruña: Do Castro. pp. 293–294. ISBN 84-8485-120-6.
  61. ^ Matasovic R. (2009), s.v. *durno-
  62. ^ Meyer-Lübke 2754
  63. ^ Martín Sevilla 1992 "Las voces duernu, duerna". Archivum 41-42. Uviéu, Universidá d’Uviéu.
  64. ^ Meyer-Lübke 448.
  65. ^ Marcellinus De Medicamentis, 7.13
  66. ^ Cf. Coromines (1997) s.v. yezgo
  67. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. GABIT
  68. ^ Matasovic R. (2009), s.v. *gab-yo-
  69. ^ Meyer-Lübke 3627
  70. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. GORIT
  71. ^ Matasovic R. (2009), s.v. *gwer-o-
  72. ^ Matasovic R. (2009), s.v. *gulb-
  73. ^ Meyer-Lübke 3911
  74. ^ Meyer-Lübke 4884
  75. ^ Búa, Carlos (2007). Dieter Kremer (ed.). Onomástica galega: con especial consideración da situación prerromana : actas do primeiro Coloquio de Trier 19 e 20 de maio de 2006. Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. p. 34. ISBN 978-84-9750-794-3.
  76. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. LĀGENĀ
  77. ^ Coromines (1973) s.v. legua.
  78. ^ cf. Meyer-Lübke 4911.
  79. ^ DCECH s.v. glera.
  80. ^ DCECH s.v. lercha
  81. ^ Matasovic R. (2009), s.v. *wliskā
  82. ^ Cf. Matasovic (2009), s.v. Lîwank-.
  83. ^ Moralejo Laso, Abelardo (1981). Anuario Brigantino (PDF): 36 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  84. ^ Caraballeira Anllo, Xosé Ma.; et al. (2005). Diccionario Xerais da lingua (3 ed.). Vigo: Edicións Xerais de Galicia. ISBN 978-84-9782-265-7.
  85. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. OLCĀ
  86. ^ Matasovic R. (2009), s.v. *folkā
  87. ^ Meyer-Lübke 6050
  88. ^ Grzega 2001: 217
  89. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. QEZDI
  90. ^ Meyer-Lübke 6450
  91. ^ Matasovic R. (2009), s.v. frikā-.
  92. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. RIKS.
  93. ^ Meyer-Lübke 7299.
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  95. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. ROTIS
  96. ^ DCECH s.v. sábalo
  97. ^ Varela Sieiro, Xaime (2003). Léxico cotián na Alta Idade Media de Galicia : o enxoval. A Coruña: Do Castro. pp. 103–105. ISBN 84-8485-120-6.
  98. ^ de Vaan, Michiel (2008). Etymological dictionary of Latin and the other Italic languages. Leiden: Brill. p. 534. ISBN 9789004167971.
  99. ^ Coromines (1997) s.v. serna; Matasovic s.v. *aro-
  100. ^ Coromines (1997) s.v. tascar
  101. ^ Bascuas (2006) p. 151
  102. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. TONDOS
  103. ^ Meyer-Lübke 8987
  104. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. TOGIT.
  105. ^ Martins Estêvez, Higinio (2008). As tribos calaicas: proto-história da Galiza à luz dos dados linguísticos. San Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona: Edições da Galiza. pp. 535–537. ISBN 978-84-936218-0-3.
  106. ^ Cf. Matasovich R. (2009) s.v. *trummo-.
  107. ^ Meyer-Lübke 8570
  108. ^ Matasovic R. (2009), s.v. *tarankyo-
  109. ^ Meyer-Lübke 8585
  110. ^ Francesco Benozzo "Un reperto lessicale di epoca preistorica: emiliano occidentale tròl, galego trollo ‘rastrello per le braci’". In Quaderni di filologia romanza nº 19, pxs 217-221. 2006.
  111. ^ Grzega 2001: 248-249.
  112. ^ Meyer-Lübke 9166
  113. ^ Ward A. (1996), s.v. WORÊDOS
  114. ^ Matasovic R. (2009), s.v. *ufo-rēdos


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Galician language

Galician (, ; galego) is an Indo-European language of the Western Ibero-Romance branch. It is spoken by some 2.4 million people, mainly in Galicia, an autonomous community located in northwestern Spain, where it is official along with Spanish. The language is also spoken in some border zones of the neighboring Spanish regions of Asturias and Castile and León, as well as by Galician migrant communities in the rest of Spain, in Latin America including Puerto Rico, the United States, Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe.

Modern Galician is part of the West Iberian languages group, a family of Romance languages that includes the Portuguese language, which developed locally from Vulgar Latin and evolved into what modern scholars have called Galician-Portuguese. Dialectal divergences are observable between the northern and southern forms of Galician-Portuguese in 13th-century texts but the two dialects were similar enough to maintain a high level of cultural unity until the middle of the 14th century, producing the medieval Galician-Portuguese lyric. The divergence has continued to this day, producing the modern languages of Galician and Portuguese.The lexicon of Galician is predominantly of Latin extraction, although it also contains a moderate number of words of Germanic and Celtic origin, among other substrates and adstrates, having also received, mainly via Spanish, a number of nouns from Andalusian Arabic.

The language is officially regulated in Galicia by the Royal Galician Academy. Other organizations without institutional support, such as the Galician Association of Language and the Galician Academy of the Portuguese Language, include Galician as part of the Portuguese language.

Gallaecian language

Gallaecian, or Northwestern Hispano-Celtic, is an extinct Celtic language of the Hispano-Celtic group. It was spoken at the beginning of the 1st millennium in the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula that became the Roman province of Gallaecia and is now divided between the present day Norte Region in northern Portugal, and the Spanish regions of Galicia, western Asturias and the west of the Province of León.

Hispano-Celtic languages

Hispano-Celtic is a hypernym to include all the varieties of Celtic spoken in the Iberian Peninsula before the arrival of the Romans (in c. 218 BC, during the Second Punic War):

a northern-eastern, inland language attested at a relatively late date in the extensive corpus of Celtiberian. This variety, which Jordán Cólera proposed to name northeastern Hispano-Celtic, has long been synonymous with the term Hispano-Celtic and is universally accepted as a Celtic language.

a language in the north west corner of the peninsula, with a northern and western boundary marked by the Atlantic Ocean, a southern boundary along the river Douro, and an eastern boundary marked by Oviedo, which Jordán Cólera has proposed to call northwestern Hispano-Celtic, where there is a corpus of Latin inscriptions containing isolated words and sentences that are clearly Celtic.Western Hispano-Celtic is a term that has been proposed for a language continuum of dlalects, ranging from Celtic Gallaecian, Tartessian (according to Koch and others) to Lusitanian, which has sometimes been labelled "para-Celtic", located in the Iberian peninsula west of an imaginary line running north-south linking Oviedo and Mérida. According to Koch, the Western Celtic varieties of the Iberian Peninsula share with Celtiberian a sufficient core of distinctive features to justify Hispano-Celtic as a term for a linguistic sub-family as opposed to a purely geographical classification. In Naturalis Historia 3.13 (written 77–79 CE), Pliny the Elder states that the Celtici of Baetica (now western Andalusia) descended from the Celtiberians of Lusitania, since they shared common religions, languages, and names for their fortified settlements.As part of the effort to prove the existence of a western Iberian Hispano-Celtic dialect continuum, there have been attempts to differentiate the Vettonian dialect from the neighboring Lusitanian language using the personal names of the Vettones to describe the following sound changes (PIE to Proto-Celtic):

*ō > ā occurs in Enimarus.

*ō > ū in final syllables is indicated by the suffix of, e. g., Abrunus, Caurunius.

*ē > ī is attested in the genitive singular Riuei.

*n̥ > an appears in Argantonius.

*m̥ > am in names with Amb-.

*gʷ > b is attested in names such as Bouius, derived from *gʷow- 'cow'.

*kʷ in PIE *perkʷ-u- 'oak' appears in a lenited form in the name Erguena.

*p > ɸ > 0 is attested in:*perkʷ-u- > ergʷ- in Erguena (see above).

*plab- > lab- in Laboina.

*uper- > ur- in Uralus and Urocius.However, *p is preserved in Cupiena, a Vettonian name not attested in Lusitania; also in names like Pinara, while *-pl- probably developed into -bl- in names like Ableca.

List of French words of Gaulish origin

The Gaulish language, and presumably its many dialects and closely allied sister languages, left a few hundred words in French and many more in nearby Romance languages, i.e. Franco-Provençal (Eastern France and Western Switzerland), Occitan (Southern France), Catalan, Romansch, Gallo-Italian (Northern Italy), and many of the regional languages of northern France and Belgium collectively known as langues d'oïl (e.g. Walloon, Norman, Gallo, Picard, Bourguignon, and Poitevin).

What follows is a list of inherited French words, past and present, along with words in neighboring or related languages, all borrowed from the Gaulish language (or more precisely from a substrate of Gaulish).

List of Galician words of Germanic origin

This is a list of Galician words which have Germanic origin. Many of these words entered the language during the late antiquity, either as words introduced into Vulgar Latin elsewhere, or as words brought along by the Suebi who settled in Galicia in the 5th century, or by the Visigoths who annexed the Suebic Kingdom in 585. Other words were incorporated to Galician during the Middle Ages, mostly proceeding from French and Occitan languages, as both cultures had a massive impact in Galicia during the 12th and 13th centuries. More recently other words with Germanic origin have been incorporated, either directly from English or other Germanic languages, or indirectly through Spanish, Portuguese, Italian or French.

Most of these words are shared with Portuguese, presenting sometimes minor spelling or phonetic differences.

All along this article, any form with an asterisk (*) is an unattested reconstruction, being therefore hypothetical.

List of Spanish words of Celtic origin

This is a list of Spanish words of Celtic origin. It is further divided into words that are known (or thought) to have come from Gaulish and those that have come from an undetermined Celtic source. Some of these words existed in Latin as loanwords from a Celtic source. Some of these words have alternate etymologies and may also appear on a list of Spanish words from a different language. Any form with an asterisk (*) is unattested and therefore hypothetical.


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