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Damhán alla (Spider)

Spreading the Words

Read by Aidan O'Sullivan.

The Irish term for a spider has long been a source of puzzlement.
Can it really mean ‘little wild ox’ or is damhán alla just a corruption of the insect’s real name? Listen now for at least some of the answers…

‘Spreading the Words’ is a series on the histories of Irish words from literature and everyday life written by Sharon Arbuthnot and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and produced in association with the book A History of Ireland in 100 Words and the electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language.

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