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io, iā. (part. of nigid) cleansed, hence pure, bright: anim nechta noíb, Ériu ii 56 § 10 , cf. i 138.21 and ii 65 n. 1 . ara ḟlaithcheniul nechta `für sein erlauchtes Herrschergeschlecht', Bruchst. i § 1 ( IT iii 60 § 119 ).

? nechtach

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adj echtach quasi nechtach aidchi, O'Mulc. 368 ; i.e. belonging to the night, nocturnal? prob. a word coined for the occasion. Cf. 1 nocht.


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adv. (O.Ir. anechtair) outside, without; besides: neachtair .i. amuig, Lec. Gl. 395 ; 209 M . Cf. tugadh dia uídh martra aroile do na hapstaloip nechtair do naomhoip no d'firenchaibh dier fhulaingset bāss let him contemplate the martyrdom of some of the apostles as well as of the saints or the righteous, Fl. Earls 156.16 .


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Forms: nechtar

pron. one of two, either (= Lat. alteruter), folld. by part. gen. or prep. DE. In O.Ir. treated as neut. ( Ped. i 392 , ii 64 ), cf. expression nechtar n-ái (in which, however, the n- appears fixed, see Sg. 37b18 quoted below). Sometimes treated as o-st., but also invariable.

Folld. by gen. of noun: co nechtar inna dese-si to either of these twain, Ml. 42a7 . nechtar na dā idan . . . .i. idu serci ┐ idu eóit, IT i 122.23 (LU) = n.¤ dā ní, ib. 7 (Eg.). ní ro gluais in mac nechtar a dā chois, Ériu i 118 § 11. nechtar dá neche, CCath. 1008 (n.¤ do na nechi v.l.). In legal texts, nechtar dá lína one of the two parties (concerned in a transaction): cin folluga do nechtur da lina, Laws ii 72.9 , cf. 312.23 , 318.6 . g s. cor nechtar da lina the contract made by either party, 356 z .

Folld. by gen. of pron.: ni ain nechtar n-áii he will not pro- tect either of them, Wb. 25d14 . ó nechtar n-ái, gl. a neutro, Sg. 37b18 . ni techta nechtar n-ae urtechta neither party is entitled, Laws ii 406.20 . ni dergene nectar n-ai olc fri anali [leg. arali]. ZCP iv 46.21 = nechtar de, TBFr. 420. nechtar fathar, IT i 336.13 (see below).

With DE, esp. in stereotyped expression n.¤ de one of the two (de = prep.+neut. s. pron.): ni rubi nechtar de cen alail neither of them (sc. man and woman) can be without the other, Wb. 11c17 . Cf. Ml. 35d24 ; 42b2 (n.¤ dae). is nectar de, gl. vel Teren- tius vel Cicero, Sg. 27b6 , cf. 173b6 . ni bá la nechtar de, FB 73 = ni ba la nechtar fathar neither of you shall have it, Eg. ( IT i 336.13 ). conná cumaic nechtar de cobair araile, ZCP viii 314.32 .

Used as quasi-adv.: roga duit . . . a n-imtheclamad no a n-imscothad nechtar de (= you shall have your choice either of gathering or of cutting them), TBC 1407. láech aile for áth dō-som nō nechtar de longphort do gabail d'ḟeraib hErend (to send) another warrior to the ford to (fight) him or alternatively . . ., 1785 .

In Mid.Ir. the pl. pron. is also used with DE: ni thibre nechtar dib-so a chuid fen, PH 7590. turbada . . . ar neachtar dib, Laws ii 304.28 Comm. ni thucc M. nechtar dib doib, Ann. Conn. 1235 § 11.

Nechtar de comes to be looked on as a single word and is somet. folld. by a part. gen. or DE, as in follg. exx. from Laws Comm.: ac nechtar de in da nannad [leg. in da n-imad] either of the two parties, Laws ii 318.18 ; similarly 358.15 , 366.14 (where for: in da naimad, read: in da n-imad). do n.¤ de don lanamain for either of the married couple, ii 360.24 . ma ta n.¤ de dib aice if he has either of them, 332.3 , cf. 406.27 , iii 210.14 .

In class. Ir. also with prep. oc (ic): dā aingel . . . long thúissi a laimh nechtair aca, Fl. Earls 234.38 . neachtar acu sin, ITS xiv 58.3 .


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Forms: nemnechtardae

adj io, iā. (nechtar) in compd. nemnechtardae `not the one nor the other' = neuter, neutral: troeth .i. gach neutur .i. nemnechtardea [sic], Corm. Y 1220 = .i. cach nechtraige ┐ cach neotur, Corm. p. 42. nemnechtardha is coir do radh riu they should be called neutral (neither well nor yet ill), Rosa Ang. 116.24 .

? nechte

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n (2 necht) purity: ainmne, nechte co noíbi, Ériu ii 65.1 (anim nechta, ainmne echte MSS.).

? nechtraige

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x Corm. p. 42 s.v. traæth, see nechtardae.


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Forms: nnechtu

n d s. alliath leo binn i nnechtu nudal `he cried (like) a melodious lion in a collection of preys' (?), ACC 133 ( RC xx 408 ).


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x see neimní.


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x see neimnigid.


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n plant-name: Rostrum Maratilla .i. neift .i. pis enaín, Arch. i 333.9 ; `catmint', Stokes (= nepeta of botanists; but possibly some kind of vetch; cf. písíneán `kidney-bean', pisneán `vetch', Hog. Luibh.). in [n]eipt, gl. nepta, RC ix 238. do sugh nefte Ir. Texts v 72 § 58 , Éigse iii 226 .