What does scilléan mean?
Does it mean seed? But only 's' means that right?
I'm afraid I can't find the words "scill" and "scilléan" in any of my usual sources. Are you sure you have the correct spellings?
"Scil" (with one L) means skill.
"Scáileán" (one L, fada on the A instead of the E) means a screen.
The Irish word for seed is "síol".
Hi IO. I mistyped in the title. I asked a mod to fix it. It should read 'What does scilléan mean?' and not 'What does scill mean?'.
I fixed the title for you there.
Where did you see the word "scilléan"? Knowing the source might make it easier for me to track down a meaning for you.
Thank you Insect Overlord.
I saw the word 'scilléan' today in a slideshow in college. It had the word 'seed' by it.
I can't find that word anywhere but I did manage to find this:
Sceallán: pip, stone of a fruit.
Not exactly the first thing that one would usually associate with the word "seed", but technically the same thing.
That must be it. Cheers IO. ;-)
When I was young, we did not plant whole potatoes, unless they were quite small. Potatoes have a number of eyes/sprouting points. We usually cut the the potato in two, very occasionally three. So you got two 'scileans' to set, from one potato.
If you were really tight, you could also cut off the rear/tail end, that was blind. Had no eye. This was called a 'craoilachan', (kreelachaan). These would be boiled and fed to the pigs.