[Spellyans] Cornish for 'twilight'

Janice Lobb janicelobb at gmail.com
Wed Feb 8 16:26:10 GMT 2017


I always wondered what twilight meant! Can we also use it for before
sunrise?
Jan

On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 12:49 PM, Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com>
wrote:

> In his most recent dictionary Gendall quotes Lhuyd’s MS dictionary, but he
> may
> not have understood the entry fully. Gendall writes:
>
> tyrandhêa:  t at randhéa ELMS, apparently = between the day, or tween light
>
> Gendall’s citation is incomplete. Lhuyd writes:
>
> *Tyrandhêa ẁlw* *kyvnos*, *gogyvnos*, *cyvlychwyr*.
>
> The three W words mean ‘dusk, twilight’.
>
> The Cornish is for *(in)ter an dhew wolow* ‘between the two lights’ (sun
> and moon) i.e. twilight.
>
> Cf. the Irish  idir an dá  *sholas *‘between the two lights, at twilight.'
>
> We thus have a new Cornish phrase *inter an dhew wolow*, *ter an dhew
> wolow* ‘at dusk’.
>
> Nicholas
>
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