níab

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n m. (? n.) a word of uncertain meaning, possibly vigour, spirit (cf. W. nwyf and the vb. níabaid) as suggested by K. Meyer, Wortk. § 10 : in most of the follg. exx. the sense of níam would be more appropriate. co tarrasar fom' niab glan | hi fiadnaissi in Duleman, SR 1819 (Lucifer speaks of his un- fallen state). deil teilchinni . . . a nniab amal chorcarglain, 4270 (= da dhéil dirge degṡollsi . . . gemma derscaigthe amal chorcair nglain forru, LB 120b47 ). for nem noebda, niab nemed, 7135 . sluindfet mar gréin glan [leg. glain?] a níab, LL 35a15 . rabad glē-bán a níab | oc dul dar sliab Sion sáir, Auraic. 5301 = LL 37c22 (an example of `mallrugud', the monosyll. níab being treated as disyll.). ? a p. inreith nith niaba | nertaid gal cridi, TBC² 3469 (the combat invades [men's] spirits? see Wortk. 10 ).

As npr. f.: Níab ingen Cheltchair, Death-tales 26 § 9 (Niam v.l., prob. right reading).

níabach

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adj o, ā. a nnem niabach n-airerda, SR 112 (: triallach): the sense seems shining, radiant , prob. = níamach, q.v.

níabaid

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Forms: niabsai, niabtha, niamda

v ā. incites, provokes, stimulates? 3 s. pret. (with pron. suff.) niabsai iarom at[h]ais n-ádluind óclách uallach, Anecd. i 51 § 10 : a haughty warrior provoked him with bitter taunt (?). see Wortk. § 10.

vn. g s. nía niabtha drong, Rawl. 148b39 . ? teglach fo teglach ind ḟir | ni fil fo nim niabtha gal, AU 894 = niamda, FM 890.

níabtha

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n g s. see níabaid.

niach

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adj o, ā (< 1 nia) valiant, heroic? as subst.: fri niach n- amulach di Ultaib a beardless champion (?), TBC² 987 (of Cú Chulaind). compar. na ragthar co forcend in domain . . . bad chalmu cumachta ┐ bad niachu nert, LL 234b22 ( TTr. 1308 ). Compd. niachmacc Ethne, Ält. Ir. Dicht. ii 22 § 3 , cf. LL 393b3 .

niachus

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Forms: niaachus

n o,m. valour, prowess, etc.: mo niachus (.i. mo nert), Ériu viii 172 § 2. ar nirt ┐ noísigi ┐ niachus, LL 234b10 ( TTr. 1352 ). in tan atai-si aniu a nert ┐ comachta ┐ niachus mor, Anecd. ii 54.10 . niaachus, IT ii2 123.37 . nert ┐ niaachas, Ann. Conn. 1362 § 9. id niachais, TBC 1229. d'algib a nirt ┐ a níachais, LL 222a46 ( TTr. 380 ). a llos neirt ┐ niachais, CCath. 3. Cf. niadachas.

níad

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n m. Mid.Ir. form of nia, used in forming compds.: ¤ buiden: tri lic niathbuidne `of a champion band', Ériu viii 156.28 . ¤nasc (= nasc niad, see nasc): Fer Rorogair fri niad- nascaib, LU p. 87 m.sup. ( p. 216 n. printed ed.).

níadach

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adj o, ā. variant (later?) form of niach. meic Nemargen nert-niadaigh, BNnÉ 35.6 . Níall Noígíallach níathach (nó níthach), Cóir Anm. 118 (= niatach, Keat. ii 6387 ). for dreich níathaigh . . . Néill, 125 .

níadachas

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n o,m. late form of niachus. briseadh neart niadh- achas, CRR² § 38. ar nert ┐ ar nidhachus, Fianaig. 68.30 . ar nert, ar nidechus, ZCP vi 24.26 . rioghdhamhna ba mó . . . neart ┐ niadhachus, FM iii 622 y . do fromhadh [sic MS.] a neirt ┐ a niadhachais, Hugh Roe 148.28 (f. 40a) . neart is nídheachas, O'Bruad. iii 46 z .

? níal

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n scéla Bresail Bregamain | do Lagnib lathar fo níal, LL 44a48 (: Torrían).

Níall

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Forms: Néill, Neel, Neill, Neil, Níall, Níallocán, Niallan, Nialláin, Niallghus, Niallghusa

o, npr. m. g s. Néill. O.Ir. n s. Neel, Thes. ii 263.33 . g s. Neill, ib. 31 , 35 ( Ardm. 10a2 ). Neil, 281.8 . In Latinized form: Nellis nepotes (= Uí Néill), 277.4 ( Adamnán VC i c. 49 ). Níall, IGT Dec. § 96.11 .

Hence the dim. Níallocán little Niall, Ériu iv 94.2 ; and the derived names Niallan, AU 868 , g s. Nialláin, Trip. 228.7 ; Niallghus, AU 757 , g s. Niallghusa, 811 .