any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting
"I'd care more about a
in the potatoes than for all the politics in Europe."Lever, Charles James
A potato blight in Ireland in the 1840s caused the failure of the food crop that was a main food source for nearly 40% of the population.
wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation
bogach, which comes from the adjective
bog meaning "soft and moist"
refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization
A Roman Catholic bishop in the Philippines this week urged the faithful to
Madonna's shows over her "suggestive" performance and "vulgar" clothes.Reuters (Feb 26, 2016)
From an English name, one Captain Charles C. Boycott, who refused to lower rents on Irish tenant farmers and was opposed by the Irish Land League in the late 19th Century.
group of people related by blood or marriage
The word comes from the Gaelic
clann, "family" or "offspring," with the Latin root
an irascible, cantankerous person full of stubborn ideas
Do something to improve yourself. Here’s a clue – moping around and being a
doesn’t fall into this category.Forbes (Feb 18, 2015)
Although the etymology of this word is disputed, one theory derives it from the Gaelic
muigean, which means "disagreeable person".
a green transparent form of beryl
Ireland is often referred to as the "Emerald Isle" because of its lush, green landscape.
moving from one place in order to settle in another
The famine which devastated Ireland the mid-nineteenth century led to the mass emigration of Irish people.
a severe shortage of food resulting in starvation and death
And the growing influx of immigrants — even before the late-1840s
in Ireland — was mortifying the city’s Protestant, Anglophile and nativist majority.New York Times (Mar 7, 2018)
The Irish Famine, which occurred from 1845 - 1849, was the worst to occur in Europe in the 19th century.
a narrow secluded valley (in the mountains)
gleann, "mountain valley"
a cruel and brutal fellow
All World Cup ticket holders are required to obtain a personalized fan-ID, allowing authorities to screen them and keep
away from matches.Reuters (Nov 30, 2017)
Probably from a form of the Irish surname "Houlihan."
express grief verbally
caoinim " I weep, wail, lament."
a jaunty rhythm in music or speech
Their hits began with the
, keeningly romantic Linger, which reached the Top 10 in the US and Ireland, and No 14 in the UK.The Guardian (Jan 15, 2018)
The lilt a is form of traditional Irish folk music.
a humorous rhymed verse form of five lines
The name of this five-line humorous verse is generally accepted as taken from County Limerick in Ireland.
writings in a particular style on a particular subject
They may be incredible, grotesque, or funny, but they are never common-place: it is this uniqueness that is the great charm of ancient Irish
.Russell, T. O.
Ireland is has produced some of the greatest modern writers including James Joyce, Jonathan Swift and Anne Enright.
meat from a mature domestic sheep
The sheep was killed, and produced excellent
—not fat indeed, but eatable.Surtees, William
Mutton stew is a traditional Irish dish made from mature lamb.
a ceremonial procession including people marching
Parades are held on March 17th to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
a large number or amount or extent
of food delivery apps and startups have sprung up across the French capital in recent months, and they're impossible to miss.The Verge (Mar 8, 2016)
sluagh, " a host, a crowd, a multitude."
a collection of small fragments considered as a whole
Scientists who tried managing energies of the necessary magnitude often ended up with equipment blown to
and laboratories littered with glass shards.Big Science
smidirin, which is a form of
a brief indulgence of your impulses
But the big driver of America’s five-day shopping
that starts on Thanksgiving was the mobile phone, not the mall.New York Times (Nov 28, 2017)
Ultimately from Gaelic
sprédh "cattle, wealth" from what would be plundered on a spree.
a mental representation of some haunting experience
“Don’t tell me you believe in myths of jinn and efrits and
that kidnap children in the night?”An Ember in the Ashes
One theory of this words' origin derives it from Gaelic
arrach, "specter, apparition".