2 ráth, ráith

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Forms: rathi, ráith, ráith, ratho, ratha, rathi, raithe, raith, raith, ráth, rátha, ráith, ráth, rátha, ráithe, ráith, ráith, ráithe, rátha, ráthaid, rathaid, rathaidh, rathaidh, rathanna

n m. and f. Orig. gender doubtful; g s. rathi, Thes. ii 260.38 ( Ardm. 6b1 ) in a Latin context, possibly a Latinized form representing a native g s. ráith. ? ráith, Fél. Prol. 200 (taken by Stokes as locative). ratho, AU 595 , 622 ; Anecd. ii 47.6 , 7 . ratha, AU 808 ; Anecd. ii 47.8 , 9 . rathi, ib. 8 . raithe, Laws v 348.7 (text). a s. raith, AU 622 . d s. raith, 622 , 747 , 788 . ráth m. (g s. rátha, ráith), IGT Dec. § 38.3 . ráth f. (g s. rátha, ráithe), § 39.3 . ráith m., § 41.3 . ráith f. (g s. ráithe, rátha), § 42.4 . See Bürgsch. p. 3 , and 1 ráth.

In late lang. d s. ráthaid occurs (possibly a different word): issin rathaid , Dinds. 31 ( RC xv 333.27 ) = rathaidh, BB 367b41 ; rathaidh, AU ii 222.11 (a. 1196 ). n p. rathanna, BColm. 64.16 , cf. ZCP viii 549.28 .

An earthen rampart surrounding a chief's residence, a fort, rath ; somet. by extension used of the enclosed dwelling also; common in place-names folld. by an adj. or genitive. rath .i. baile, Corm. Y 1117 ; O'Cl. di raith for raith (.i. da baili for baili), Laws v 348.7 , 31 . la taisic a raithe (.i. baile eneclainni), 350.1 . secht ratha (.i. secht mbaile), 348.3 , 14 . co Cruachan- ráith Connacht, CRR 16 (of fort of Ailill and Medb). Ráth Chrúachan ro scáichi la hAilill, Fél. Prol. 177 . ní mair in drong úabair | ráith Bécce maicc Eogain, ib. 200 . ni ro [a]trebhthar in rath | dia comharbaibh (: bráth), BNnÉ 314 § 8 (curse on a land-owner). mūr n-ollaman dos-rōgaib | 'sa rāith rōt-gloin ōs Breagmaigh, Sitzungsb. Pr. Akad. 1919, v 92 § 16 . rīghbile ōs rāith (: cáich), ZCP viii 199.12 (i.e. a tree growing on the rampart of a fort). du. ro class di ríg- ráith la Nemed . . . .i. Raith Chimbáeth is Emne, LL 6a27 . dá ríoghráith, Keat. i 176.47 . pl. bat fāssa a rát[h]a, ZCP viii 110 § 2 . ? a rí na rrath! (to a chief), LL 148b25 = KMMisc. 268 § 40 (`O king of the raths'). Bale U Dimán ┐ Less na Findan . . . ┐ rathanna ele, BColm. 64.16 .

Of a burial-ground (within an earthen rampart): Mac Cuill, Mac Gréni . . . i rRáith Cruachan dodoscelt, LU 2833 . Met. Dinds. iii 130.28 . Exceptionally of a grave-mound: clandtair a fert ┐ a raith, RC xiii 222.27 . oc cloidi ratha ┐ ic sadad lia, ib. 36 .

Of an (earthen) rampart or wall in general: dorónta . . . rátha móra impe (sc. round Troy), TTr.² 197 . athnugud na múr ┐ tórmach na rath, 1272 (of fortifications of the Greek camp).

In wider senses: a fhiaich . . . na herig sunda don ráith, SG 56.37 ( LB 274b11 , of a hollow tree in which the speaker has found shelter, = Caithréim Cellaig, 450 ). SG 57.1 = Caithr. Cellaig 460 . Tú tháinig . . . i mbroinn Ríoghna i ráith na ndíog, Measgra Dánta 61.66 (poem by Gilla Bríghde Mac Con Midhe, 13th cent.).

The upper part or hill of Armagh in which the church stood was called the `ráth': Ard Macha do loscadh . . . eter Raith is Trian `both Close and Trian', AU ii 26.9 (a. 1074). reicles Poil ┐ Petair . . . co mbloidh moir don rathaidh do loscadh, 222.11 (a. 1196 ). Cf. the prophecy made to Patrick in the Liber Angeli: scit Dominus . . . tuum praesentem locum quem praesto videmus in alto positum, Ardm. 20d ( Trip. 352.23 ).

Compds. see ráthbuige and ráthmug.