adverb dea·sil \ˈdē-zəl\

Definition of deasil

  1. :  clockwise — compare widdershins

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According to an old custom, you can bring someone good fortune by walking around the person clockwise three times while carrying a torch or candle. In Scottish Gaelic, the word deiseil is used for the direction one walks in such a luck-bringing ritual. English speakers modified the spelling to deasil, and have used the word to describe clockwise motion in a variety of rituals.

Origin and Etymology of deasil

Scottish Gaelic deiseil, from Middle Irish dessel, from Old Irish dess right, south + sel turn; akin to Latin dexter right hand — more at dexter

First Known Use: 1771

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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