1 mael

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adj (moel, maíl) o,ā. perhaps orig. subst. In Glosses occurs only in compd. npr. (Mail- Ml., Maél- Sg., Móel- Stowe Miss.). Frequently precedes noun, forming a compd.

(a) crop-headed, shorn, and by extension bald . Totmáel, gl. totum calvum (name of Patrick's charioteer), Trip. 322.26 ( Ardm. 13b2 ). in m.¤ Melchisediach tonsured (i.e. a priest), SR 2256. ulcha . . . for in fer m.¤ (of St. Paul, said to have introduced the religious practice of shaving the entire head), Ériu iii 194 § 3. fer maeldub with black cropped hair, BDD 38. scailp ingini maeili duibhi, Acall. 1901. triar scoloc maelruad (= with cropped red hair), 6147 . co mbui in-a lobur moel bald , PH 376. an duine a ttuiteann a ghruagh d'á cheann, bí sé maol, Levit. xiii 40. do loisgedh thrí chéad inghen maol 'shorn maidens' Ériu i 26.161 . (oppd. to: thrí chéad caillech, 157 ). eiric giunta co lomad a ciabaib na crosan ┐ na scoloc ┐ na ningen mæl 'the shorn girls (?)' (possibly a disparaging term) CIH i 304.11 , Ériu lii 218 . roschaullach ingine móile a horse of a shorn girl (?), Triads § 114 , Ériu lii 220-22 . (cryptic) mvnchaol .i. maol, Goid. 78 § 220 (Dúil Laithne) , ZCP xlix-l 613 . As sobriquet: Lucet m.¤ (name of a druid), Ardm. 4a1 ( Thes. ii 259.37 ). Lucat Mæl, Trip. 32.28 . Aoibhioll mhaol, D. MacCarrth. 3.10 , Ériu lii 225-26 .

(b) in follg. exx. applied to persons mael seems to imply youth (possibly with the reference to the custom of cutting a boy's hair at the age of seven, s. ZCP xi 162 n. 9 ): leanb óc, Ériu ii 182.8 = lenam maol, Rawl.

(c) of cattle, hornless: i richt samaisce muile (maíle LU), TBC-I¹ 1722 ; 1625 . hi rricht bó deirgi maíle, Ériu iii 141.2 . bae móelæ, BColm. 84.16 . conaccatar . . . daumu móra máela, LU 1750 = RC ix 482. secht cēt molt nach m.¤ , BB 270b47 . Hence as name of a cow: an Maol Flidaise, Celt. Rev. iv 106. 26 . ar cenn na Maile, ib. 20 .

(d) of things blunt, headless or pointless (of a torso, stump, etc., also of weapons): co tall a ceand de gur fagaib ina thamun mæl, BB 443b37 . gursat maela a méidhe, Acall. 1034. ina meidhibh moílderga (i.e. headless and bleeding), Fianaig. 94.16 , cf. CCath. 6084 , Todd Lect. iv 94.15 , BS 122.25 , AFM. v 1758.15 . lorga maela `headless handles' (of hurling-sticks or clubs), Ériu v 28.17 . a dreolláin cusin eirr maíl, LB 274b25 = SG 57.9 . fíacla máela, IGT Dec. ex. 408. cloidhmhe maela, CCath. 481. má bhíonn an t-iarann máol, Eccles. x 10. dearna an deilg mhaoil the hand pierced by the blunt nail, A. Ó Dálaigh v 9 .

(e) of places, etc., bare: indsi maela, RC ix 460. tá . . . an túr maol (i.e. dismantled ), Keat. Poems 1515. Cf. maelráith below. Exposed, defenceless: maol guala gan bhráthair bare is the shoulder without a brother (= a man is weak without kinsmen), O'Rahilly Ir. Prov. § 61 , cf. AFM v 1804.3 , KMMisc. 354.25 .

(f) fig. blunt, dull, obtuse: cen medra m.¤ , SR 2975 (without pointless talk, circumlocution?). do c[h]lannaibh Cuinn nár maol ferg, ZCP viii 224.5 . trét' aighnios maol, Content. xxi 21. i nduain mhaoil, xx 7. maelinntinnech (= hebes sensūs), O'Gr. Cat. 238.33. lá co leith, ni maoilriaghail `no false rule', AFM ii 572.10 .

(g) cruithnecht m.¤ `beardless wheat' (some kind of inferior grain?): arbur can frichgnum .i. . . . cruithnecht maol, Laws v 222.23 Comm. cruithneacht mhaol, ITS xvii 244. ruadhan . . . .i. mael-cruithnecht, O'Dav. 1369 , awnless wheat, or perhaps free-threshing wheat , EIF 228 . Cf. 2 mael (e) and maelán III.

Compds.

1 With adj. formed from noun: mugh maílmérach blunt-fingered, clumsy , IGT Dec. ex. 789. tairrnge maelrennach blunt-pointed , Fl. Earls 196.3 .

2 With subst.: ¤achad m.: cathir is cul maelachaid ṁbil, LL 149b20 . ¤árus ( ¤áires): na máelairise cen togail .i. Ráith Airthir, Sendomnach ` consecrated residences ' (?), Trip. 250.5 . ¤assa m. a blunt or broad-toed shoe or sandal (esp. one of metal): mælassai chredumai, LL 245b22 = TBC-LL¹ p. liii . da moelasa fhindruine impi, RC xiv 46 § 54. da mælasa finddruine, IT iii 193 § 25 , cf. RC xxiv 200.2 , ACL iii 5.24 , Ériu iii 152.20 . do theiged ina mælossaib, RC viii 150 § 1. ¤chend n.: nírba timm ar ná ba maelc[h]end `lest I should have my hair cropt off', Tec. Corm. § 7.17 = melcend, LL. in a mhaoilchionn bald head , Levit. xiii 43. ¤chircul m.: m.¤-c. óir co clucinib fo bragit cech eich, TFerbe 14 (eine abgerundete Scheibe, Wind.). Cf. maelland. ¤chloch f.: móelchloch ` bare stone' (blunt or flat?), Imr. Brain i 48.10 . ¤chnoc m. a flat-topped hill: Maolchnoc Gréine, Keat. Poems 440. ¤chruithnecht f. see (g) above.

¤dorn m.

(a) a clenched fist: meitither muldorn míled, TBC-LL¹ 2597 = re mǽldhorn, H 2.17 , Eg. Of the fist with closed thumb used as a measure, about four inches , Laws ii 240.4 Comm. (oppd. to `airdem', the fist with thumb extended). Transf. a blow with the fist, a cuff: toirbiris moeldorna mora tar a gnúis, TBC-LL¹ 3903 St.

(b) By extension of (a), sword: m. finn-argit fa choim, LL 267b33 = MU 38.14 . m. findargait, TBC-LL¹ 5211 = mael ṅdorn, TBC-I¹ 3173. maoldorn fionnairgid .i. cloidheamh, óir as na dhornaibh máola toimsithear an chloidheamh .i. an ordóg leagtha aga thomas, O'Cl. (prob. a wrong explanation; see Macalister, Archaeology of Irel. 153 ).

¤gae f. a (blunt-headed?) spear or javelin: moelgae hi llaim gach fir, IT iii 239.141 . dā maelgai . . . co semmannaib argait, TFerbe 5 . ¤mír n. a large mouthful or lump (of food)? eistecht grech a glasbraiget fri med ina maelmireann, YBL 177a23 = na mælmirenn, BB 257b17 . ¤ráith f. a dismantled or outworn earthen fort: immat maelrátha (MS moel | rátha) a large number of abandoned forts, Stud. Celt. xxiv-xxv 67.13 . maolrátha gan mhórtharbha, Content. v 105. maolrátha glasa ┐ doireadha neannta `unroofed green raths', Atlantis iv 144.32 . ¤scolb m. a blunt splinter: as contemptuous epithet, IT iii 102 § 189 = Bruchst. i § 86 . ¤taman m. stump of a tree: as alleg. npr. m.: mac Maoltamain, Anecd. ii 55.

3 With vb.: ¤tamnaigid truncates: ro maeltamnaigit mēidi, Celt. Rev. x 112.30 .