femen-

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ind in compd. : biad fiach femenbocht LL 33b31 = fiach femengort, Rawl. 138b13 ( Ériu iv 94 ). Cf. follg.

1 femenda(e)

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Forms: femenda, femendae

adj io-iā (? adjectival form of Femen, originally referring to a person or thing worthy to appear in Femen. See also bregda, Studies in Greek, Italic and Indo-European Linguistics 305-6 ) fine, splendid: epithet of horses in all follg. exx. : echrada ... fégi faebordae femendae BDD 50 ; 51 . faeborda fem- endae LU 10813 . femenda 9259 . femendae, Anecd. iii 49.20 (femanntu v.l.).

2 femenda

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adj io-iā (femen) feminine: gné mhasgalta ┐ gne ḟemeanda, 23 K 42, 335.14 . femininus .i. feimenda, Auraic. 3089 .

femm

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n (see O'Rahilly, Ériu xiii 162 ).

(a) some kind of sea-weed (?); the thick stalk of some kinds of brown seaweed (?) : feam cacha trachta ` sea-wrack ' Laws v 482.30 . crim, feam, fiad-ubull 474.1 . femm a fimbria .i. o luibniu maris. unde dicitur femuir .i. femfēr, Trans. Phil. Soc. 1859, 210 = a fimbria .i. a luibniu .i. mairis ; unde fembur, O'Mulc. 515 . Cf. feam `a long tail ; a sea rod ' P. O'C. cf. 2 fíam;

(b) the membrum virile (?) : feam (gl. mentula), Ir. Gl. 97 .

fem(m)ach

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n o,m. sea-weed: dorn birair ┐ dorn femmaig TBC 1834 = d. birair nó femair LU 5647 . See femmain.

fem(m)achus

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Forms: feamachas

n o,m. feamachas grossness, dirtiness P. O'C. Cf. is beg an dith leam O D. do buain an leabuirsi dim or is clu feamachuis do chím (?) air mar leapor BB 401 marg. inf.

fem(m)ain, femman

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Forms: femnach, femna, femnai

n f. (cf. W. gwymon, Br. goumon, Fr. goémon, Ped. i 87. 93 ; see also Thurneysen, KZ xlviii 67 , and O'Rahilly, Ériu xiii 162 ff .) some kind of (edible ?) sea- weed: ceso femmuin mbolgaig mbung, Bodl. Corm. s.v. prull (femmain Corm. Y 1059 ; femnach LB). g s. oc búain na femna ┐ in muirthoraid olchenai, ib. (ḟemnaige LB ; femnai, Harl.). See femm, and femnach.

fem(m)ar

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Forms: fembur

n m. some kind of edible sea-weed or water- weed: fothlac[h]t, femar, Buile S. 116.15 . dorn biroir no femur TBC² 1169 (= femair LU). glac ḟemar 2352 . fembur, O'Mulc. 515 (see femm) is prob. the same word.

fém(m)ed

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Forms: fém(m)id, ḟémiud, femid

n o,m. also fém(m)id, vn. of fo-émid. Cf. éimded.

(a) being unable, failing (to do something) : la féimmed ind lēmme do-chúatár ind fir aili by failing in the leap the other men made LU 9134 ( FB 88 ). co fuair fer ... iar femiud a himthechta unable to walk SR 6448 = iar ḟemded a imdechta LB 129b17 . iar femed in craind do dluighi aci after failing to split the tree Fél. 110.40 = ḟémiud, Fél. lxxiii ( LB 85 ). iar femead a leanmana do Ch. when C. could no longer pursue them Dinds. 132 . roimthig I. ... ar femed sida iter a macaib, TTebe 2794 . ar femeamh na sealga being unable to hunt Aen. 731 . g s. néla femid `clouds of impotence' BDD 79 ; 83 ; 102f (femmid).

(b) refusing (to do something), shirking (freq. of a refusal due to impotence or fear) : feimed ┐ uriasacht na finechaire `refusal and permission of the family' Laws iii 422.9 Comm. cin feimidh cin uriasacht v 262.28 Comm . in dom femid-sa [a]deiri-si sin ? do you say that in order to refuse me ? IT i 72 n. 19 (< YBL 110b4 ; fémed-so, Eg.). ise dorat tir do iarna ḟemud do braithrib a athar when his uncles had refused (? been unable) to give it Rawl. 149b45 . robo cín doib tairmeasc na haīri iar ḟemedh na duaísi IT iii 96 § 155 . iar ḟéimeadh a síd día siú ┐ anall since it was impossible to pacify both sides Alex. 135 . impois rí Erenn ... iar femidh catha dó o M. after M. had refused to give him battle RC xviii 279.6 (= ro ṡoi ... iar femiudh chatha do tabairt dho AU 1170 ). folld. by cen : da ḟemmid gan a comrac do gabail do laim for refusing to undertake the combat TBC 2861 .

fem(m)or

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n aid, relief (?) : femmor .i. foirithin, O'Dav. 970 . is crin cumthus acht feamur saer slaindtear, a triun faer fertair, Laws v 440.24 (with gl. : is crin in cumaidh uais fuil etarru ┐ flaith echtrann, acht im itgi ar impidi ... A triun faer fertair .i. slainter feimmor saerad .i. trian neich ro forestar do 442.11 ). Quoted in part by O'Dav. 970 . The whole passage is obscure and perhaps corrupt. Cf. acht ni ro sa trian in itge ro maith duit isi son in tsemmor, O'C. 863 (< H 3.18, 389b ).

fem(m)uin

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x see femmain.