Houses and Dwellings

Words for house, dwelling in Celtic languages.

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Proto-Celtic *tegos = house, dwelling
Old Irish (Goídelc) tech [tʲex] = house
Irish (Gaeilge) teach [tʲax / tʲæːx] = house, habitation, dwelling, public building
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) taigh [tɤj] = house
Manx (Gaelg) thie = house
çhagh [tʃax] = house
Proto-Brythonic *tɨɣ = house
Old Welsh tig = house
Welsh (Cymraeg) [tɨː / tiː] = house, home, cell, chamber, place of worship
Old Cornish ti = house
Cornish (Kernewek) chi / chy [ʧi:] = house
Old Breton tig = house
Breton (Brezhoneg) ti = house

Etymology: from the Proto-Indo-European *(s)teg- (cover, roof) [source], which is also the root of the words stegosaurus, toga, tile and thatch [source].

Words marked with a * are reconstructions.

Sources: Wiktionary, Am Faclair Beag,, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, Gerlyver Kernewek, Dictionnaire Favereau

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