meschu

Cite this: eDIL s.v. meschu or dil.ie/32057

n n, f. (3 mes(s) + cú)

(a) a pet dog, a lap-dog: measchu .i. cú beag, O'Cl. mescu Delgnaite, Leb. Gab.(i) i 34.1 . Dabilla ainm meschon mná Nechtain, LL 144a42 . don meschoin baí hi fail inna ingine, Trip. 232.21 . measchú nó coiléan con, Keat. i 158 x . gur bhuaileasdair an measchoin, 160.14 .

(b) in Bérla na filed: a Luimlaine nacham-luaid | nacham-taidlet meschoin múaid, LL 145b13 ( MS. Mat. p. 476 ). Flaind line nacham-luaidh | nad rot-bréccat meschoin (.i. dí bhrai) muaidh (.i. fir étaidh), ZCP viii 107.8 (H. 3.18), cf. MS. Mat. 478 , where O'Curry reads the gl. dibrai `barren, impotent'. The poem in LL is addressed by a woman to her lover; possibly let not the eyes of a jealous man approach (i.e. behold) me (reference to her husband)?

Also used as n.pr. m., see 3 mes(s).