Bells and Clocks

Words for bell / clock in Celtic languages.

Proto-Celtic *klokkos = bell
Old Irish (Goídelc) cloc = bell
Irish (Gaeilge) clog [klˠɔɡ] = bell, clock; blowball, (dandelion) clock
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) clag [kl̪ˠag] = bell; crash, loud noise
Manx (Gaelg) clag = blow ball, clock, bell
Welsh (Cymraeg) cloch [kloːχ] = bell, bubble, prize, feat, o’clock
Cornish (Kernewek) clogh [klɔ:x / klo:h] = bell
Breton (Brezhoneg) kloc’h = bell

The original ship's bell

From the Late Latin clocca (bell), from the Proto-Indo-European *klēg-/*klōg- (onomatopoeia), or from *kleg- (to cry, sound) [source].

Words marked with a * are reconstructions.

Sources: Wiktionary, Am Faclair Beag,, On-Line Manx Dictionary, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, Gerlyver Kernewek, Dictionnaire Favereau

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