1 méinne

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Forms: béinde, méinde, méine

n io, m., béinde méinde (ban), IGT Dec. § 2.24 . A com- pany, retinue; members of a household ; acc. to Meyer Wortk. 48 < Mid. Eng. meinie, meiney (O.Fr. maisnie) or from AN, Risk 588 . Conall 's a cland chruaid | 's a menne mearda marcsluaig, Met. Dinds. iii 358. rointer Eri leth ar leth | ac in dā menne meadrach, ib. a cochaill féne . . . iman ménne, Ir. Texts ii 33 § 19. O'Dubda . . . menne mor findmuige Fáil, Hy Fiach. 208.7 . méinne macámh, IGT Dec. ex. 101. g s. sógh méine , ib. ex. 32 . is beag an fóghnamh doghnídhim acht ag coiméad méine mo mhná household (?), Oss. vi 172.16 . gur glacad a ghallméine English garrison (of an Anglo-Norman fortress), Caithr. Thoirdh. 29.6 ; ib. 25 . Cf. béine `a company '; b. ógbhan `a bevy of young women', Dinneen .

2 méinne

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n f. (2 méin) mind, disposition, temper (mod.): gáoith- mh.¤ nár thláith ré tenn, Gleanings 20 § 36. m.¤ na ndaoineadh, GJ i 25a .

méinni?

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Forms: m.

ind delg díuscoilt crú ceiti méim m.¤ , Thes. ii 248.5 (Sg. Incant.).

méintecht

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n f. (2 méin?) disposition, nature? ní cualaidh bean . . . aon lá ba sáimhe méinteacht `a day more agreeable', Oss. vi 146.24 .

? meir

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conj m.¤ is ḟorni . . . | tuc ingen Echach anró ` since (?) it is on us', CRR 5 (leg. mar?).

meirb

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Forms: merbi, meirbe, meirbhnéll

adj i,

(a) in O.Ir. lifeless, a corpse (?): pl. inna merbi .i. mortua corpora (gl. occisorum funera), Ml. 113b8 . dunaib merbib .i. dunaib corpaib marbaib (gl. funeribus), 65c4 .

(b) Mid. and later Ir. inert, flaccid, feeble: (in moral sense) weak, ineffective, backboneless: tipra nad m.¤ fon muir, Met. Dinds. iii 286. is merb is is marb mo guth, SC 29. nir bat lesc ar nar bat meirb, 26 ; cf. Tec. Corm. § 19.30 . toisechu bia marb oldas bia m.¤ , LL 147a9 = P.R.I.A. iii 546 § 8 . cech m.¤ is mettu every weakling is a coward, Met. Dinds. iii 376. ni fortachtaig[i] Día nach mifhir m.¤ , Trip. 88.29 . duthracht fir maíth-laim m.¤ , LL 146b12 ( P.R.I.A. iii 540 § 6 ). rádis athesc nar bo m.¤ , TFerbe 868 . comairli nach m.¤ , Ériu vii 226.9 . dál nach meirbh, Anecd. ii 35 § 10. is meirbh a phearsa a láthair, 2 Cor. x 10. Adv. ni m.¤ dofich Falbe, Fianaig. 12 § 17. cetheoir coinnle . . . ni meirv forosnat a clár, 14 § 33 . seal go meirbh ┐ seal go láidir, TSh. 1656. As subst. = meirbe: almai aidb[l]i cen m.¤ , SR 6297. m.¤ .i. mi-soirb, O'Dav. 1222 (etymol. gl.). m.¤ .i. truagh nó meata, Stowe Gl. 183. In good sense mild, gentle: a Mhuire mheirbh, Dánta Grádha xxxii 31 (= 30.31 ed. 1926). In Mod.Ir., of weather warm, sultry , s. Dinneen .

Compds. rop múr ar cech merblén feebleness , Fél. Jan. 24. ar in meirplind, ór ni teilgthe he achd tria meirphlind for it could be cast only through calm water (of the gaoi bhulga), ZCP x 295.5 . meirbhnéll lethargy , Buile S. 92.6 . ag meirbhshiubhal go mall, TSh. 2560.

meirbe

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Forms: merb(a)e

n , f., (io, m.?) occas. with non-palatal, merb(a)e, abstr. of meirb. Inertness, weakness, ineffectiveness: merbe ┐ lagatus cech uilcc, PH 4360. a chétul cen merbai (: demnai), Fél. Ep. 150. co tistais cen merbi mod | do adrad a deilbi-seom, SR 1807. 7227 . cen merbe, cen derc[h]ainuth, Arch. iii 320.5 . cen meirbe is cen míbal, Met. Dinds. iii 224. deich meic B. cen m.¤ , LL 4a42 = Leb. Gab. i 220.1 . bad ḟossud cen chuit merbae, Ériu iii 96 § 3. ni ḟetamar . . . comairli merbi na mettachta acut, LL 264b1 = MU 18.8 . do bhrígh a meirbhe ┐ a neamhtharbhuidhe, Hebr. vii 18. meirbhe .i. brég; mearbha .i. mearbhall no brég, O'Cl. (folld. by P. O'C. ) is prob. a false inference from the phrase: cen m.¤

meirbes

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n m. (meirb) weakness: as neartmhaire meirbheas Dé náid daoine, 1 Cor. i 25.

meirbigid

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v g, (meirb) weakens, enervates: ro meirbhiged a meisnech, ALC i 466.13 .

meirblech

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Forms: merblach, merbhlach, mearbhla

n [a, f.?] ra immir in Findbennach meirbflech a astair ┐ a imthechta ┐ na sliged for in Dond Cualngi, TBC 6152 = merblach, St.; merbhlach H., mearbhla, Add. (forms prob. due to association with merbal). The reading of LL may mean intricate confusion, maze (cf. meirblige, -id); Wind. translates: , taking as = merbal.

1 meirblige

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n bewilderment, confusion? ro máidesdar [leg. maidesdar] dá ngroigib . . . for . . . dásacht le meirblide na renn fæbrach `by the bewilderment (bewildering number? quivering?) of point and edge of weapons', SG 322.10 . gabhais meiscce is meirbhlighe | Fionn . . . da ffaixin, Duan. Finn i 92.2 (`faint sickness' transl. as if =meirb + lige).

This word, like the preceding one and the group following, seems connected with merbal(l), and the primary sense may be that of dispersion, scattering, swarming, etc. (cf. meir- bligim, gl. scat[e]o, Thes. ii 42.23 ); in a few of the exx. given under the follg. heads the meaning may be influenced by association with meirb.