ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: deasil

deasil (ˈdi zəl)
adv.  Clockwise, rightwise, in the direction of the apparent course of the sun
noun  Motion in a clockwise direction.

Or deiseal, deisal, deisul, etc.; there appear to be many alternative spellings.

Etymology:  late 1700s, from Gaelic deiseil "toward the south".

I have a cat, Dory, who is a bit brain-damaged and has always turned widdershins - around furniture, around people...if she tries to turn deasil while chasing a cat toy, for example, she's likely to fall down.
Tags: adverb, d, noun, scottish gaelic

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