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75 becán n o,m.(bec) IGT Decl. § 35. (a) alittle, smallquantity:
b. ¤ gl.pauxillum, Sg. 14a12 . Études Celt. xi 110. gl.paululus,
48a3 .ar na hernigther mar i mbec, Laws v 476.28 glossed:
moran i bail i ndlegar becan, 478.31 Comm. dobeir begán
dobeir mórán / is dobeir in fichid marg, SG 287.1 .tucc Dīa
80sonus for beccān bíd, BColm. 60.16 .morán . . . beagán, 2 Cor.
viii 15. so cenn begain aimsiri`in a short while', St. Ercuil
258. begcan dergci innti, Maund. 71. begān glōir do budh
mōr neimh a small voice (lit. a little of a voice), ZCP viii 223.6 .
le beagán do shásadh, DDána 20.26 .beccán becc íarna
85thionntúdh=a little after, RSClára 16a .began ┐ én mhile
amhain`a little more than one mile only', Mart. Don. May 20.
afew, asmall number: in becan sa dib these few of them(at
end of list), LU 2486 ( RC iv 256 § 25 ).in becan ro batar
those few, Cog. 176.29 .cenmotha in beccan Cristaige, LB
154a33 .tāinic Eōgan begān soc[h]raidi`with a few' (Gloss.),
5 ML² 407. becān do maithib a muinntire, 921 .Eoin Bruinne
is a bheagán ban, Dán Dé xx 37 .gluaissit begān buidhne
`proceeded with a small company', Fl. Earls 20.10 .lé begán
briathar`in a few words', FM v 1716.10 . Asadv. alittle,
slightly: fri Dísiurt Lóchait antúaid bican(bicon, TBC² 772 ),
10 LU 5249. codail begán begán beg, Duan. Finn i 84.1 .
iníslighid begān, RSClára 105a . In phr.do b. ¤ :in mac taisigh
rob ferr do bí i nErinn do beagan that was no doubt the best,
AU ii 550.9 .na biadha ┐ na deocha as measa do bheagan
(=parum deterior potus aut cibus), 23 K 42,22.7 .
15 (b) little one,child;humble,lowlyone: indat blaithe beccain
(: Breccáin)`little ones', Fél.² Sept. 4 . becain.i.humiles , cxl .
Note also:obsa becan(? of a horse)a little fellow(?), IT
iii 68.1 .

béccach xseebéiccech.

20 béccaigid v(cf. béiccid) roars,bellows: biasta bledmaill bec-
caichfit, SR 8059.

becda adj io, iā(bec) lowly,humble: ar opsa b. ¤ athar umal (?leg.
athar-umal) aurlaite, ZCP xii 365.11 .diambat rob., bat
dīgraíd, Thurn. Zu Ir. Hdschr. 18 § 7. 15 .bat b. ¤ fri becdataid,
25 § 8. 4 .rop b. ¤ rop mórda, Tec. Corm. 6.8 .bī co b. ¤ amail
bochtān, ZCP vi 265 § 23. C. co mbairdni becdai (mbecda,
mblechta, becta,v. ll.) with inferior bardic art, xiv 177.5 .
b. ¤ borb, barbarta ignoble(?), Cog. 158.10 .Compar.and
superl. rígh . . . as becdae (becdu, becdam,v.ll.) dod-ánic,
30 BDD² 1072. ni tainicc dib araile bud beccda, na bu umla,
na bu inisle` meeker ', Lism. L. 1089.

becdacht n[ā.f.] (becda) lowliness,humility: b. ¤ ┐ inísle iar mor-
menmain ┐ diumas, LB 256b78 .ar do bheagdhacht i mbás
croiche`by Thy humiliation', Aithd. D. 73.13 .

35 becdatu n[t,m.] =becdacht:becdattu a miadamlu meekness
indignity , LB 260b61 .atcota becdata cāinbude,
Anecd. iii 11.7 .bat becda fri becdataid, Thurn. Zu ir. Hdschr. 18 § 8.4 .

bech n o,m., also [ā],f.See Gleasure, Ériu xxiv 186 ff. beach m., IGT Decl. § 171. f.,
§ 39 . See Wagner, KZ 76.81 f. and Hamp, Ériu xxii 184
40 f.on orig. form and reflex in mod. dialects. bee: b. ¤ gl.
apes, Sg. 47a11 .síl ṁbúadach ṁb. ¤ n-Erenn, Fél. Feb. 13.
timthirecht b. ¤ the to and fro of bees, BDD² 1169. cobair mb. ¤
┐ bu i noibiull(tasks exempted from the law of Sunday),
LB 204b48 ,cf. dol a ndiaid mbeuch no bóu a n-aibiull,
45 Anecd. iii 22.8 .cen fhoche, cen chernuban, acht beich
duillebhair Temhrach(during the sovereignty of Conn),
Airne F. 343. nī rī arm acht arm bec beich the bee's little
sting
, Measgra Uí Chl. 149 § 18. Freq. in Laws, see in
particular the tract entitled Bechbretha, Laws iv 162 - 202 .do
50tigerna in beich`by the owner of the bee', iii 434.5 Comm. cin
b. ¤ `injuries in the case of bees', 432.13 .tairgille ar bechaib
the t. for bees(of security against damage committed by bees),
iv 162.1 .foloingatsom beochu co cend mbliadna aithirruch,
172.15 .cetna breth . . . im chinta b. ¤ for Conall(sic leg.)
55 Caech caechsite beich(sic leg.), 178.13 .ili bethamain .i.
beich, RC xxvi 34.3 and note.lut[h] b. ¤ .i. sail sin ar a
blath ┐ ar a canach(name of ogam letter s), Auraic. 5624 ,
cf. a lūth beach .i. blāth soilech, Anecd. iii 44.10 .dibech . . . .
.i. . . . ni-b. quia apes in commune vivunt a non-bee, O'Mulc.
60 310. beich óghlána d'argain`plundering laden(?)bees' (of a
rash act), TD 18.34 .beich gan mhil, DDána 81.34 .amhuil
thiaghuid na beich a ndiaigh na meala, Desid. 6710. nid
bheach nests of bees (being eaten) (i.e.honeycombs), O'R.
Poems 164. léaghthar . . . nach bí cailg i rígh na mbeach,
65 TSh. 9728. Fig.in phr.b. ¤ éoluis,b. ¤ éoil guiding bee: beach
eóluis na héigsi Aodh / do chuir sí a haire d'éntaobh / . . . /
fírbheach eóil na healadhan, LBranach 1 , 4 , see n.an éin-
bheach eoil(of the Blessed Virgin), Aithd. D. 63.24 .
Note also:beith beca bithaille ac dordánaigh ar na
70torthaibh`little bees', Ériu iii 156 § 9. Cf. bethamain.
Compds. ¤ adba apiary;hive(?): amhail teagoid beich a
beachadhbha a lo . . . ḟoghmhoir, ZCP x 287.3 . ¤ arc(?):
beichairc`a Bee-hive', Eg. Gl. 745 ,cf. arc .i. bech(?leg.
bec, ed.), Ériu xiii 77 § 232. ¤ breth: Laws iv 162 see
75above.fintiu griain i mbechbrethaib isi deirbfine i mbech-
brethaib tir bes da nesom fo-da-loing, 172.4 . ¤ díbad:
bechdibaid`mortality of bees', AU i 468.23 . ¤ dín:im
turorgain do bechdin, Laws i 166.27 , glossed:i ngait na
cesach b. ¤ , 170.19 Comm. ¤ lann beehive: siubal na saithe mb. ¤
80os a mbechlannaib i lló ainli, CCath. 5887. foirched fírbeach a
bruinnibh b. ¤ , FM vi 2224.3 . ¤ lus:saithchi . . . b. ¤ os bechlusaib
`honey-flowers', ZCP vi 285.26 . ¤ ṡlat (?):cath cro cearnach
cíchblaith beach slaití, IT iii 89 § 116. ¤ ṡlúag:Curoi ro hir
dam . . . .x. mbeichluaigh (.i. saithe b. ¤ ┐ lestra) buain bee-
85swarms , Ériu ii 3.11 . ¤ theillén, seeteillén.

bechach adj o, ā(bech):iath milis na mbeann mbeachach`bee-
filled mountains
', Éigse vi 11.12 .