Life

Words for life in Celtic languages.

Proto-Celtic *biwotūts = life
Old Irish (Goídelc) bethu = life
Middle Irish (Gaoidhealg) betha = life
Irish (Gaeilge) beatha [ˈbʲahə] = life, to be alive; living, livelihood; food sustenance
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) beatha [bɛhə] = life, existence; victuals, food; livelihood; welcome, salutation
Manx (Gaelg) beaghey = to feed, nourish, nurture, live, maintain, nourishment, foodstuffs, livelihood, nutrition, sustenance
Proto-Brythonic *bïwïd = life
Welsh (Cymraeg) bywyd [ˈbəu̯ɨ̞d / ˈbou̯ɪd] = life, existence; liveliness; lifetime, course of life; living, livelihood, sustenance; wealth, income; reward, gift
Cornish (Kernewek) bewnans [‘bɛʊnans] = life, living
Breton (Brezhoneg) buhez = life

Etymology: from the Proto-Celtic *biwos (alive, living, mortal), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷih₃wós (alive, living) [source].

Words marked with a * are reconstructions.

Sources: Wiktionary, Am Faclair Beag, Online Manx Dictionary, Teanglann.ie, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, Gerlyver Kernewek, Dictionnaire Favereau

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