Dair

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This article is about the letter. For the village in Bahrain, see Al Dair.
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Dair is the Irish name of the seventh letter of the Ogham alphabet, , meaning "oak", which is related to Welsh derw(en). Its Proto-Indo-European root was *deru- 'oak'. Its phonetic value is [d].[1]

Dair forms the basis of some first names in Irish Gaelic such as Daire, Dara, Darragh and Daragh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McManus, Damian (1991). A Guide to Ogam. Maynooth Monographs 4. Co. Kildare, Ireland: An Sagart. p. 37. ISBN 1-870684-75-3. ISSN 0790-8806. "This letter name clearly corresponds to Old Irish dair/daur, gen. daro 'oak-tree', Welsh derw(en) 'oak-tree(s)' from the root *deru-, whence the value /d/."