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Posted By: GUEST
08-Feb-03 - 07:18 AM
Thread Name: Meaning of 'The Coolin'
Subject: RE: Meaning of 'The Coolin'
Two Irish words: 'cúl' = back, and 'fionn' = fair, combined in 'cúilfhionn' = fair(hair hanging down) back. Gradually came to mean a pretty maid. The word is common in many Irish songs ("cé gheobhair lem' ais ach an cúilfhionn deas, le fáinne geal an lae").