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The Celtic languages are descended from Proto-Celtic, or "Common Celtic", a branch of the greater Indo-European language family. The term "Celtic" was invented as a language group label by Edward Lhuyd in 1707, having much earlier been used by Greek and Roman writers for tribes in central Gaul. During the 1st millennium BC, they were spoken across Europe, from the Bay of Biscay and the North Sea, up the Rhine and down the Danube to the Black Sea and the Upper Balkan Peninsula, and into Asia Minor (Galatia). Today, Celtic languages are limited to a few areas in Great Britain, the Isle of Man, Ireland, Cape Breton Island, Patagonia, and on the peninsula of Brittany in France. The spread to Cape Breton and Patagonia occurred in modern times. In all areas the Celtic languages are now only spoken by minorities.

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To find foods and foods and food-related items in in Celtic you may search by any of the following terms:
British Britain England English Great Isles Celtas Celtiche Celtique Keltische Kingdom Scotch Scots Scotland Scottish UK United Eire Irish Ireland South Southern

These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. The traveller  may not be precisely certain which language is in use, and can search using more general terms such as 'British'' or "Irish".

In the case of an entry in Celtic from Brittany, search terms 'Brittany Breton' etc will be added behind the scenes.

You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of puffball mushrooms, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'puffball Celtic' and then click on 'Translate from English'.

One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so these more general searches, such as 'Irish' or 'British' should result in a successful search.

Also included in the glossary are dishes from the cuisine of the region, cookery terms, cooking methods, drinks, food festivals, days of the week, months of the year etc.

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