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1 donn o,ā adj. denoting colour; oft. prefixed to subst.
(a) Generally dun, brown, apparently a light brown inclin-
ing to yellow or red: buidi nó donna gl. cerea pruna `wax-
coloured
', Sg. 61b10 . Of animals: ar ech nd. ¤ chestnut (?),
35 Ardm. 17b1 ( Thes. ii 240.1 ). ar druim ech ṅdond, MU² 442 .
d'echaib donda, BR 38.3 . graig corcordond roan (?), LU 3693
( SC § 33 ). dam dond tawny, fawn-coloured , CRR § 4 . cronán
dhaimh dhuinn, Buile S. 58.16 . dond-leo, SR 3279 . Dond
Cualnge the brown bull of C., TBC 90 , etc. drúi d. ¤ (the wren),
40 K. and H. § 26 .
Of clothing, etc.: bratt dond, TBC 1715 . ediudh dearg ┐
glas ┐ dond do macuiph airiuch, Laws ii 146.12 Comm.
donna a mbruit, glasa a ngleanna (signs of prosperity),
3 C 12, 163.18 . Of leather: rogabastár a dond-uathróic
45ndondlethair, TBC² 1908 , cf. MU² 644 .
Of hair, complexion, etc.: folt d. ¤ craebach, TBC² 1156 .
folt dond temin dark brown , TBC 5245 . tri dondfuilt . . . tri
dondberrtha, BDD § 95 . a deirg donn-abraid with brown eye-
brows
, Hy Fiachr. 286.6 . gilla dond álaind, TBC 1715 . trí
50dond-fir móra, BDD § 94 . mná donda, BR 72.5 . dond-chorp,
Met. Dinds. iii 192 . fád' dhreich nduind, Hy Fiachr. 290.17 .
dond-ainech (sobriquet), ZCP xii 237 § 62 . a chorrghlac nd. ¤
` taperpink (?) hands', O'Gr. Cat. 452.7 . ina dhorn doin-
ningnech, SG 340.12 . bos . . . dhoinningnedh, Rel. Celt. ii
55242.28 . donnshúileach hazel-eyed (?), Ó Bruad. ii 58.11 . an
déidgheal d. ¤ , A. Ó Dálaigh xliv 6 ( bright? cf. 2 donn).
Of natural objects: Dabull na ndond-bile, Trip. 536.11 .
durchain donna `dun oaklets', K. and H. § 22 . droigin duind,
§ 19 . mess ar a dairgibh donnuibh, Acall. 343 . a ccrích
60Uisnigh iob[h]ardhuinn, 3 C 12, 258.1 . dercain donna, Buile
S. 22.21 . cnuas go mbláosgaibh donna, KMMisc. 174 § 28 .
Of things made of wood: [dabcha] donna ar lí dergiubair,
SG 238.31 . dabcha donna, 245.5 . Hence donndabach
(humorous epithet of a dáilem or butler ), Triads 231 . a
65ccomhraidh dhuinn, KMMisc. 356.19 . a dhonn bhionnfho-
clach (a harp), 3 C 12, 15.11 .
Of weapons, esp. shields: scíath dond telbude, FB § 47 .
dond-sciath, TBC² 2044 . ámdabach da sciathaib donna,
Acall. 4419 . in Donn-chraebach (name of a shield), 6074 . gu
70mbroin ndoinnsciath ndeallradtach, Marco P. 62 . do bho-
cóidibh duinnsgíath, ML 128.17 . dondbocoit liæth (a kind of
shield?), TBC² 3304 . dondcathbhar[r] dergóir, Ériu iii 170
§ 28 .
Of clay, earth: isin chriaidh duind, IGT Decl. ex. 948 .
75Hence oft. of the earth: cen siriud in domain duind, LU 3546
( SC § 29 ). rí rodelb dreich domuin duinn, SR 2637 . os íath
domuin duind, Ériu vii 2.15 . Of a district: a nAicia nduind
Achaia, Lec. 540a26 .
Of water: ós do lind duind, Met. Dinds. ii 10.11 . co
80Duibhlind nduind, BR 38.16 . ó Shionainn mbreac-dhuinn,
3 C 13, 674.15 . a ghéis doinn-easa Danann, O'Gr. Cat. 404 n.
Of fire: donn-bhrat luisne `red sheet of flame', O'Gr. Cat.
452.7 . 'na doighir dhuinn, Content. xxi 2 . meirgeda donna
mar dhaigh, MR 228.11 .
85 Of blood or blood-stained objects: bunne dondfhola, TBC
2623 . a ucht gur dearg da dondfhuil, ZCP viii 231 § 27 .
folcadh ndondbhraon (i.e. of drops of blood), O'Gr. Cat.
486.37 . a chraobh dhonn (of the Cross), A. Ó Dálaigh xxxiii 5 .
crú a dann-ghlac of his blood-stained hands, 7 . tar nimh . . .
na mbear nd. ¤ (of nails of Crucifixion), xxxiv 11 . Hence fig.
5of tears: ar óigh na ndéar nd. ¤ , viii 6 . na frasa donn-ruad déor,
3 C 12, 361.15 . mo dhéara as comhdh. ¤ dot chaoi sad (?), 3 C 13,
850.3 . Cf. similar use of derg.
(b) dun, dark, sad-coloured (?): niger nó d. ¤ , Thes. ii 236.37 .
Hence as epithet of Devil: m'anum do pīenadh la d. ¤ , Fianaig.
10 16 § 48 . Cf. the n.pr. f. Donnfiach under Donn. Fig.:
ronfuabair dia dardain duind `on dark Thursday', Ériu v
246.5 . díth for doenib a dond-sluaigh, LL 212a7 (2 donn?).
Cf. donn-amarc .i. droch-amharc a bad aspect, a fascinating
look , P. O'C.
15In compds., common to modify a follg. adj. of colour.
¤ bán brownish white, light brown or yellowish (?): braisech
dondbán, Aisl. MC 69.3 . do bhocóidibh donnbhána, ML 128 .
16 . Of persons: Drothoib donnban sallow, pallid (?), Gorm.
March 10 . ¤ buide: folt dondbuide golden brown , TBC 5206 .
20 ar an talmain donnbuide, BColm. 80.1 . dar mag ndondbuide,
LL 212b26 . ¤ chíar: ulcha dondchíar dark brown (?), MU² 587 .
¤ chorcra: dond-sciath dondchorcra, TBC² 2044 ; Acall. 873 .
ulcha dondchorcra, MU² 565 . ¤ derg: léne donderg, TBC 5188 .
dorigne doighir doinnderg, SG 310.1 . gach fuil inmolta
25dligid beth a ndath donnderg (colour of healthy blood),
23 F 19, 7rb37 . ¤ gel: Daniel dondghel, Gorm. Feb. 18 (cf.
¤ bán). ¤ rúad: 'na doighir donnruadh, ML 64.28 . doiredha
donn-rúada, Fianaig. 88.2 .
With other adjj.: conart . . . ina ndairib dond-garba, Met.
30Dinds. iii 304 . dom dos donnbhailc degh-daire, LL 385c13 .
rí na ndúni ndond-bladach, 149b12 (2 donn?). fōt druchtach
dondscathach (= dond-scothach?), Arch. iii 238 § 5 . fán
súil nglais ndonn-abhraigh, A. Ó Dálaigh xxii 2 .

2 donn I subst. o,m. chief, noble, ruler (poetic): d. ¤ .i. uasal no
35brithem no rígh, O'Dav. 700 . d. ¤ na ndūl (i.e. God), ZCP iii
378 . gur thuit . . . an d. ¤ geal, Misc. Celt. Soc. 156.21 . détla
in d. ¤ , garg a ghleo, SG 349.40 . an d. ¤ diadha, FM vi 2298.12
(poem). g s. dithle duind theft from a chief, Laws v 440.2 . mac
in duind, Fen. 376.1 . deise an doinn, Ó Bruad. ii 102 . d s.
40 a secht mblíadna déc don dunn (sic leg.), Rawl. 163b30 . naoi
mic déag ag an d. ¤ , Keat. ii 4228 (poem). moladh don d. ¤
fheardha fhionn (of Deity), A. Ó Dálaigh xx 9 . pl. luaidhit
duinn .i. luaidhit na huasail, O'Dav. 700 . a donda (a hadhanta,
v.l.), Ériu iv 148 § 27 .
45 II As adj. o,ā princely, noble (?): Congalach . . . dían a
buille, dond a dál, Met. Dinds. ii 16.86 . in deil degrach d. ¤ , iii
194.23 . fuigell bendachtan Dé duind, BR 54.1 . ó chlannaib
an Daghdha duinn, Keat. ii 1410 (poem). saegal Abbáin
delbda duind, Fél.² lxiii 43 . do marbad Neill raduind ruaid,
50 Lec. 139a14 . ? cles dond (one of Cú Chulainn's feats), FB § 24 .
Some of the exx. given under 1 donn may belong to this word.

3 donn n o theft; stolen property: d. ¤ nó taidhe .i. . . . gait, O'Dav.
1587 . asrenar cip dond doberar la righ whatever stolen thing is
brought
, Laws iii 240.22 .i. cid gat berair, Comm. trian a duinn
55┐ a meisce, ii 228.4 .i. trian na herca ata i ngait as no a crech
no a frithe, Comm. , cf. O'Dav. 704 and see ZCP xiv 343 § 5
and p. 393 . trían a dhuinn ┐ a mesca[e] ┐ a lesca[e] ┐ a érca
do ḟlaith a third of the penalty for robbing him, Críth Gabl. 85
(see notes). ar a dond ┐ ar a meisce, Laws v 520.6 ( Ir. Recht
60 66 § 10 ; 78 ). See O'Dav. 722 . gada ┐ aircella ┐ d. ¤ follus open
robbery
, Laws iv 270.26 . d. ¤ follus .i. brat follus éigne .i.
gabail im in gait ar eigin, O'C. 1452 ( H. 3.18 648a ). d. ¤ do
fagbail i comfocus, 606 (296).

4 donn n poet (B. na f.): dond .i. file, ZCP v 483 § 2 . P. O'C.

65 5 donn adj pregnant: d. ¤ .i. torrach, Lec. Gl. 296 . Stowe Gl. 113 ,
309 .

6 donn n o ale (?): d. ¤ .i. cuirm ut est siris d. ¤ dibeoil .i. sreth-
naighi[d] in d. ¤ sin .i. in linn, do urlabra do neoch, O'Dav. 666 .
Possibly due to misunderstanding of Laws ii 228.11 Comm. :
70 trian a chorma, gl. on: trian a duinn ┐ a meisce, 4 , where the
gl. refers to meisce.

7 donn n lordship, chieftainship (?): d. ¤ .i. flaithemnus no gait ut
est trian a duinn .i. trian in neich tuilles a dond a flaithemnas,
O'Dav. 704 , cf. Laws ii 228.4 s.v. 6 donn. d. ¤ .i. flaithius ut est
75ar dire cethra ar a dond .i. trian in [n]eich [tuilles] a d. ¤ a
flaithius dó, O'Dav. 722 ( Laws v 520.6 ). A fictive develop-
ment of 2 donn.

Donn n.pr. m. (= 1 donn?): D. ¤ (son of Míl), Thes. ii 316.34 .
is o Dund nominatur Tech n[D]uind, 38 , cf. Trip. 424.6 .
80 Coscrach mac Duinn, AU 798 .
With follg. gen. (cf. Dub in proper names): Donnbo, AU
758 . Dondbó, RC xxiv 44 § 2 . mathair Duindbo, § 3. la
Donn boo, FM 743 . Donncathaigh, Hy Fiachr. 316.1 .
Dondcathadh, 94.15 . Donncathaigh, ALC i 316 . gen. Duind-
85cothaid , Rawl. 159a19 . Donncorci, AU 791 . Donncoirche,
FM 787 . Donncuan (D. of the hound-packs?), Rawl. 85a47 .
AU 872 . Dondcúan, LL 33a33 . do Dhonchuan, Ériu i 102 §
60 . gen. Duind chuan, Rawl. 152b32 ; SG ii 488.48 . Duinn-
cuan, Hy Fiachr. 12.4 . mac Duinn Cuan, Keat. iii 4217 :
but m. Dondchuan, LL 322f58 . m. Duindchuain, Rawl.
5 145c37 . Donndelg, LL 311b43 . Don[n]fraigh (gen.), Cáin Ad.
17 . m. Duindsláine, Rawl. 150a23 . Donnsléibe, AU 1029 . Dond
slébe, LL 33a38 . Donn Sléibhe, Keat. iii 4525 . gen. Duind-
slebi , Rawl. 117b15 . Duinnslebe, LL 391b30 . Duindshlebe,
337e6 . Duinn Sléibhe, Keat. iii 5742 (but m. Dondslebe, BB
10 72d12 ).
In compds.: Dongall, AU 816 . Dongamhna (gen.), Rawl.
145a15 . Dondgilla, RC xiii 104 § 134 . gen. Dondgillai, § 136 .
In fem. names: Don[n]fhiach caillech Berre, Aisl. MC 7.23 .
Donnflaith (mother of Maelsechlainn II), Cog. Index (also
15called Dunflaith, ¤ laith).
For other compounds see separate articles.