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Gaelic word for "witch"

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Post October 05 2007, 21:37 PM
Anseo again
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Can you tell me the gaelic word for "witch"?

I have "draoi" as a wizard or magician, but can't find "witch"...
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Post October 05 2007, 21:42 PM
Andúileach IGTF
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Cailleach or Bandraoí

Wait for more, please, I can't think now what's the difference between both words.
Tá an domhan uile ina stáitse agus teastaíonn cleachtadh go géar ón mórchuid againn.
-Seán Ó Cathasaigh
Stupidity has a certain charm --
ignorance does not.


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Post October 05 2007, 22:04 PM
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I'd say "draoi" is more "druid" and "bandraoi" druidess.
The word for witch or female magician would be "bandraíodóir", I think.

Cailleach is allright as well, but it means like "old witch" (and old woman). I don't think a young witch would be called cailleach.
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Post October 05 2007, 23:01 PM
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Perhaps fuachaid or amaid?
Níl leigheas ar ghrá ach pósadh

Post October 05 2007, 23:09 PM
Anseo again
Posts: 27
Thanks all! Very helpful, very fast!

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