From Old Irish cenn < Proto-Celtic *kʷenno-; compare Welsh pen, Breton penn. Hypothesis : Proto-Celtic *kʷenno- could be an evolution of Proto-Celtic *kʷer-nom => German Hirn => Latin cerebrum (“brain”). => Ancient Greek κρανίον (kranion, “skull”).
- IPA: [caːn̪ˠ], [can̪ˠ]
- First declension
Forms with the definite article:
| Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every|
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
- one (of a group)
- According to context the word can denote the farthest part of anything - top of a road, bottom of a stair, a promontory, hilt of a sword etc.
- ceann a' bhocsa - the lid of the box
- ceann na creige - the top of the rock
- Also frequently used figuratively.
- bho cheann gu ceann - from end to end
- an ceann greise - after a while