cailleach

noun cail·leach \ˈkālˌyəḵ, ˈkälˌ(y)əḵ\
variants: less commonly

cailliach

\ˈkālˌyəḵ, ˈkälˌ(y)əḵ\

Definition of cailleach

plural

-s

Irish & Scottish

  1. :  an old woman :  crone, hag

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Origin and Etymology of cailleach

Scottish Gaelic & Irish Gaelic cailleach, from Old Irish caillech nun, from caille veil, from Latin pallium cloak — more at pall


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