- Scot an old woman
Examples from the Web for cailleach
"On his bended knees he came to her, asking for love," the cailleach went on.The Wind Bloweth
Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
Cailleach a Mhuillear (kaillyoch a vuillyear), The miller's wife.Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire
John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
And while the feast was fresh in people's memory, they affected to speak of the cailleach beal-tine as dead.Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I.
Sir James George Frazer
Cailleach in Irish, and kerling in Icelandic signify an old woman.
Perhaps it is merely a corruption of the Irish cailleach, old woman, learned from the Irish costermongers in London.