Words for old woman, crone, hag in Celtic languages.
|Old Irish (Goídelc)||caillech = nun, housekeeper, elderly woman, crone, hag|
|Irish (Gaeilge)||cailleach = nun, old woman; hag; precocious girl; spineless fellow, coward; spent, shrivelled, thing; stump; truss, bundle (of straw)|
|Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig)||cailleach [kaʎəx] = old lady, old woman; old biddy, hag; her indoors, the wife, the old lady; landlady|
|Manx (Gaelg)||caillagh = witch, crone, old woman, single woman; glaucous gull|
Etymology: from the Old Irish caille (veil), from the Latin pallium (cloak, coverlet) [source].
|Proto-Celtic||*wrakkā = woman|
|Old Irish (Goídelc)||frac = woman|
|Welsh (Cymraeg)||gwrach = ugly old woman, crone, hag, witch, sorceress|
|Old Cornish||gruah = old woman|
|Cornish (Kernewek)||gwragh [gwra:x / gwræ:h] = hag, witch, wrasse (fish), woodlouse|
|Breton (Brezhoneg)||gwrac’h = old woman, witch, fairy, mermaid|
Words marked with a * are reconstructions.