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Type Body of Water
Usage Scottish

Meaning & History

The name of a loch in north-west Scotland, from the Gaelic Mheathadaidh, which is of uncertain derivation. This appears to be a tri-thematic name composed of meatha-, a derivative of Old Norse mjó or mjór "narrow", combined with an uncertain second element and the suffix -aidh, derived from Old Norse á "river". The second element was presumably the name of the river that led to the loch, which is lost.
Added 3/25/2019 by SeaHorse15