- Scot an old woman
Word Origin for cailleach
Examples from the Web for cailleach
Historical Examples of 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.