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dorchae adj io,iā. Also doirche, n p f. doirchi SR 63 . I (a) dark,
85 gloomy: d. ¤ , Sg. 165a marg. inf. Ml. 40c15 . inn-aithchi dorchi,
30a14 . dorchai gl. (nocte) caeca, Thes. ii 31.22 . tem .i. cach
ndorchi, Corm. Y 1213 . dobar .i. cach ndorche, 424 . trom-
cheó doborda dorcha, FB § 36 . tír ndub ndorcha, FA § 21 LB.
sruth usci duib dorchai, § 30 . nél dorcha, SR 3967 . i ndiam-
raib dorchuib, 7576 . il-luc dub dorchu, Fél. March 9 . slog
5dub dorcha . . . do démnaib, PH 8101 . a n-inada dorcha,
Laws v 326.15 Comm. a ndoiribh doirchibh, Buile S. 116.11 .
Dia diamair nach dorcha | rī sorcha, Arch. iii 221.14 .
Compar. dorchu ina dubgémriud, FA § 30 LB. Of persons in
the dark: is dorcha cech oen i n-ecmais ecnai, PH 6861 . ar
10mo beth dall dorcha i n-uamthig thalman, TTebe 179 . Of
colour, complexion, etc.: in dub ind liath | ind odar doirchi
datha | nidat soirchi, SR 63 . bra-dorcha dark-browed , LL
266b42 . suile dorcha, 24 P 3, 173.11 . a bhfechuin do bheith
aduathmhar dorcha (aspectus horridus obscurusque), 23 K 42,
15 191.2 . a n-ētaigi do bheith dorcha, Fl. Earls 254.16 . fear
doirche, 3 C 13, 571.19 . Emann dorcha (a sobriquet?), FM
v 1280 .
(b) Fig. not clear, obscure: ba dorcha la cách in labra, IT iii
187.1 . is dorcha a fidrad inn airchedail, Ériu v 32.7 . cid
20dorche sāmad cāich ┐ cid rūndae, Corm. Y 803 . can briathar
dorcha nā dochiallach do radha, Lib. Flav. i 21b . eolus dor-
cha, Eochairsg. 68.30 . is radharc spéucláire dorcha atá
aguinn anois, 1 Cor. xiii 12 . (Women are) doirche gusmara
`gloomy' (enigmatic?), Tec. Corm. § 16.39 .
25(c) obscure, unknown (?): mor an buaidh do fhior dorcha |
sorcha a theist ar ḟedh Eirenn, Sitzb. 1919 v 93 § 32 . ? ingen
druad Dil nar dorcha, Lec. 399a3 .
(d) gloomy, morose (?): adv. do chaithsiod biadh go dorcha
dórdánach, PCT 647 .
30 II As subst. io, n. dorcha doirche m., IGT Decl. § 2 .
dorcha doirche, Abstr. Nouns § 5 . (a) darkness, gloom: ri
dorigne sorcha saer | ┐ dorcha, SR 18 . tarblaing dorcha dar
cach mag, 7761 . la díth ndorchae dispelling the darkness,
Fél. Dec. 25 . forcoemnacar dorcha mór for talmain, PH 3347 .
35 dar dorca na hoidche, 3512 . at dorcha i soillsi, Tec. Corm.
§ 16.120 (possibly adj.). Oft. pl., esp. in older texts (through
influence of Lat. tenebrae?): is Dǽ int soilse amal as nDæ inna
dorche , Ml. 140c5 , cf. 54b20 . dond fritobairt fritataibret na
dorche don shoilsi, Sg. 183b3 . fo doirchib, SR 7993 . i mbith-
40dorchib, 1748 . in popul dessid i ndorchaib, Trip.² 2 . dode-
chatar dorchai tar forgnúis in talman, 568 . soillsi cumusc-
thae a dorchib, Corm. Y 26 . rodallait o dorchuib phecda,
PH 3911 . du. uisce Bo N. d'ol eter da dorcha , BB 267a36 =
iter da doirche `between two darknesses' (i.e. between dawn
45and night?), BR 24.6 . mac dorc[h]oi a son of darkness (i.e.
of sin), ZCP iii 453 . mac doirche a child begotten clande-
stinely , Laws v 452.16 .
In concrete sense: trí d. ¤ ná dlegat mná do imthecht,
Triads 100 . trí dorcha Hérenn: úam Chnogba, etc., 42 . cach
50fid ┐ cach fásach, cach dorcha ┐ cach diamair, TBC 3531 .
(b) Fig. obscurity, mystery: creic soirche fri doirche .i.
creicc gāith fri baeth, ZCP xiii 22.27 . dall na doirche . . . na
inderb obscurity (something unproved) (Thurn.), xiv 366 § 26 .
fo aicned soirche no doirche of the clearness or obscurity (of
55a legal case), Laws v 252.19 Comm. ar a doirchi ┐ ar a
dot[h]uigsi, Corm. Y 561 . doirche rúin, ML 110.15 . trí
dorcha in betha: aithne, ráthaiges, altrom (things of which
the issue cannot be foreseen), Triads 249 .
(c) As n.pr. m. Dorche m. Ailgile, Rawl. 160b25 . Usually
60mythol. or alleg.: Dub ┐ Dobur ┐ Doirche (cup-bearers of the
Tuatha De Danann), Lec. 25a40 . gen. maic Doirche , Met.
Dinds. iii 4.26 . Name of a mound at Tara: dá dhumhae . . .
Dall ┐ D. ¤ , RC xv 282 § 23 . Met. Dinds. i 18 .
In compds. dorch-, q.v. See also dorchacht (c).

65 1 dorchaid v(dorchae) darkens: ón ló rodorchad a ndath (of
persons transformed into red swine), Met. Dinds. iii 388 . Vn.
dorchad. See dorchaigid.

2 dorchaid adj= dorchae: dorigni troich nd. ¤ dé he became a
hapless
wretch (Saul), SR 6397 . dob' ealadhanach é . . . a forus
70dhorchaidh in abstruse lore, AU iii 572 . diunach d. ¤ .i. adbal
nigi inni ima mbither a ndorchaidi etir, O'C. 574 ( H. 3.18
286).

dorchaide adj io,iā = dorchae. Also doirchide. maso dorchide
la nech a pridchimmeni, Wb. 15b14 . do mídúthrachtaib
75demnae [n]d. ¤ , Hy. iii 7 ( Thes. ii 322 ). a d. ¤ delbdathaig, IT iii
41.20 . dí brói duba dórchaidi, TBC² 30 . dá brái doirchidi,
Festschr. Stokes 3.3 . co temel d. ¤ a n-anéolais, RC xxv 248
§ 29 . spirait doirchide, Aisl. Tund. 108 § 5 . ar thír . . . na
tennte ndorcháite, Todd Lect. vi 36.4 . risna heltadaib do
80duibenoip dorc[h]aidhib, CCath. 5001 . a nellaib dorchaidi,
Lec. 562a1 . dronga d. ¤ dense, FM ii 572.14 (poem). fer d. ¤
écennais fri macca báis austere , Fen. 308.16 (St Caillin). As
n.pr. m. gen. Druimdherg mac Dolair mic Dorchaidhi , CF
720 . O D. ¤ taoisioch Partraighe, Hy Fiachr. 46.5 . As subst.
85see O'C. cited under 2 dorchaid.

dorchaidetu n(dorchaide) darkness: tainig d. ¤ (sic MS.) ar in
ngrein, Laws i 6.11 . in mac donither i ndorcaidetu, v 452.z
Comm.