ulcha

Cite this: eDIL s.v. ulcha or dil.ie/43105

Forms: ulcha, ulchain

n f. beard (see the verses entitled `geisi ulcai' RIA Ir. MSS. Ser. i 190 , YBL 196b32 , but in Laws iii 354.8 , where it is rendered ` whiskers ' it seems to have a different meaning from fésóc): ulchai .i. cai (.i. tech) na hoili hí .i. tech, Corm. Y 1284 . ulcha .i. fésóg, O'Cl.; P. O'C. Cormac Ulḟada .i. ulchai ḟadai lais, Cóir Anm. 113 =ulcha ḟada .i. féasóg ḟada do bhí air, Keat. ii 4631 . greann .i. ulcha, Lec. Gl. 519 . n s. ulcha, IGT, Decl. § 8 . asbertatár ... fri Coin Culaind dognithe a cutbiud isin dúnud úair nad baí ulcha laiss, LU 6127 ( TBC² 1640 ). ulcha degablach issí buide úrchass bha smech, TBC 5175 (=u.¤ degablanach ... occa, TBC² 3149 . ulcha éicsi imchass imma smech, TBC 5186 . Cf. 5207 . ulcha úrchas imlebur is í lethan lanmór co mbenad rí imlind ár n-ichtur, LL 237b11 ( TTr. 1528 ). ulcha degablach dondchiar fair, LL 266ay ( MU 30 ). ulcha dobrach , Corm. Y 496 . ulcha immlebur fair, PH 1490 . Cf. 1967 ; 7026 . ulcha fhota lais, 2103 . Cf. 3093 . co roibi a ulchu ┐ a folt ar lasad, Aen. 3006 . ulcha fors in mbannscáil, ┐ in ferscál cen ulchain, FDG 144 ( MR 20.10 ). ceithirn dian toich ulchai `who are entitled to a beard,' RIA Ir. MSS. Ser. i 190.5 ( YBL 196b34 ). a s. tall tra Patraicc a ulchai do Fiac, Hy. ii pref. ( Thes. ii 308 ). fil a ulcha léith im laimh, FM i 260.10 . taisbenais in ulcha sin doib uile, TBC 2278 . cor chroith a ulcha ar in slog, | in garb-ḟer, Met. Dinds. iii 464.63 (rochroith a ulcha ┐ robean a deda, Dinds. 80 ). ni hétar forsin trénfer comrac frim cen ulchi, LU 5759 . find uile in fer sain eter ḟolt ┐ rosc ┐ ulcha, TBC 5348 . ni miedh ... liom moethmaccoemh og gan ulchain gan ḟésoig d'ionnsaige, 2264 . folt cen ulchai ar in ḟir-naem (i.e. St. John the Beloved), Ériu iii 194 § 6 . folt cass cen ulchai etir, 196 § 10 . ro thocuib Senchán a ulchain a n-airdi, Tromd. Guaire 994 . dorad Coroneus ... bem do' thinni for lasadh for a ulchain do Ebus, Aen. 3005 . g s. con eigius duib geisi ulchai | in cach inbaid, YBL 196b32 ( RIA Ir. MSS Ser. i 190 ). na fir midba cethra bliadhna déc, fichtighi, trichtaighe, no cuaird uilche aos na fer midba, O'D. 1952 ( Add. 4783 f. 7d , cf. ulchach and ulchaige). amail thaidbsin ulchan druidhechta, TBC p. 309 n. 5 . finnfadh a chinn ┐ a ulchan, Fl. Earls 230.27 . d s. don ulchain (gl. barbae) `to the beard,' Lor. Gild. 111 . `greann' ainm d'ulchain, Met. Gl. Ff. 40 . tuingim ... gur fhoibres do gabail ar [h']ulcain ┐ fhiacla do crothadh a t'ucht,' ZCP vi 93.32 . fa hulchain an imbertaigh | go hurdail an echmarcaigh, IGT, Decl. ex. 295 . is fer gan fhios im ulchainse, SG 249x . insan ulchai , YBL 196b47 ( RIA Ir. MSS Ser. i 192 ). n p. co ro asat a n-ulchada, Rawl. 79a20 . ulchadha liatha leó, Cóir Anm. 245 . g p. adbal ead a n-ulcan-sum `great is the length of their beards,' MR 184z .

Ulcha smérthain (v.l. smertha) a false beard fastened on to the face: ba hassu dó ulcha smérthain do dénam leiss, LU 6128 . ulcha smeartha .i. feasog bhreige do ghabhail fair, TBC p. 309 note 4 . do cuir ieramh Cúculainn ulcha smertha fair, TBC 2277 (bogni Cc. ulcha smearthain fair, v.l.). commail uilchi smerthain dam-sa latt, LU 5757 .

In phr.: for ul treith .i. ulchi fri ulchi frisin rig, Rawl. 109b24 ( RC xxvi 29 n. 1 ).

Metaph.: oglaech bís a n-ulcha náim `a layman that is ever `in a saint's beard' (i.e. `that defies, obstructs, annoys him'), O'Gr. Cat. 329.27 . tar ulcha Fleisge finne | tar colbha na Cochruinne `over the brink (?),' Duan. F. i 28z (=co hinber Flesci finni, LL 206b39 , RC vii 294 ).

Cf. bren-ulcha: buide bren-ulcha buíc, BB 296a5 . cass- ulcha: cas-ulcha ... fair, BB 14b6 . is amlaid rogenair co trilis fot da lám fair ┐ co cass-ulcha, LL 319b7 . leth-ulcha: rober[r]tha a leth-u[l]chi, SR 6720 (dimidiam partem barbae 2 Reg. x 4 ).

In n. pr.: Ulchu Derg Hua Caillaidhe, ..., CS 106.13 = Ulcha derg O Caellaighe, Tig. ( RC xvii 206 ).