Sail (letter)

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  Aicme Beithe   Aicme Muine
Beith Muin
Luis Gort
Fearn nGéadal
Sail Straif
Nion Ruis
  Aicme hÚatha   Aicme Ailme
Uath Ailm
Dair Onn
Tinne Úr
Coll Eadhadh
Ceirt Iodhadh
Ifín Peith

Sail or Saille is the Irish name of the fourth letter of the Ogham alphabet, ᚄ, meaning "willow". The name is related to Welsh helyg(en) and Latin salix. Its Proto-Indo-European root was *sal-. Its phonetic value is [s].

In the medieval kennings, called Bríatharogam or Word Ogham the verses associated with sail are:

lí ambi - "pallor of a lifeless one" (Word Ogham of Morann mic Moín)

lúth bech - "sustenance of bees" (Word Ogham of Mac ind Óc)

tosach mela - "beginning of honey" (Word Ogham of Culainn)[1]


  1. ^ Auraicept na n-Éces Calder, George, Edinburgh, John Grant (1917), reprint Four Courts Press (1995), ISBN 1-85182-181-3