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écht n u,n.? ( Todd Lect. iv 205 ), laterm.The original
meaning seems to be slaughter,slaying , and this is
generally implied, under all extensions of meaning.
50 I Aslaying,slaughter ; usually of slaying an enemy in
battle, but also in the senses of murder,manslaughter (with
gen. of agent or obj.):écht Maind the slaying of Mand
(obj. gen.) TBC² 2181 = Met. Dinds. iv 278 .ferais ēcht
ndochla ndobail | guin Fiachach TBC² 2068 = TBC 2784 .
55 naco ndernat echt fon innas(s)a nidat tualngi comram until
they accomplish such a killing as this
LL 123b51 (= Death-
tales 4 ). Anecd. i 13.5 .do commaoidhimh an echda mhoir
dorinde(viz.the slaying of Fer Diad) ZCP x 296 y .is
mór in t-écht doringni rí L., bás mo dam ingen do
60thuidecht trina cheilg LL 295a23 = RC xiii 38.18 .saeb-
écht doróni L. for mnai Conchobair, Met. Dinds. iv 32 .
ēchta Lagen for Leth Cuind slaughters (inflicted) on L.C. by
the Leinstermen
LL 48b7 .dorigne P. echta ar na
Tiauandaib, TTebe 2835 .nir bo echt cen aithi not
65an unavenged slaying
TTebe 3523 .mairg cathraig i
ndernad in t-échtsa(viz.the Crucifixion) PH 3306 .lucht
an echta those who had wrought the murder KMMisc.
313.13 . Dán Dé xxvi 33 .tír an echta`the land on
which the crime had been committed
' BNnÉ 313.5 .
5 adchondairc A. na tigri...a haithli na n-echt sin do
denam daib(after the tigers had killed a charioteer and his
steeds), TTebe 2780 .trésna háraibh ┐ trésna héachtaibh
do-bhéaradh ar a easgcáirdibh, TSh. 2763 . Here may
belong:ech cumal echta, Laws v 414.21 with gloss:.i.
10go n-a duine 416.1 , possibly =gona duini of slaying a
man
; thenech c.e.might meanahorseworth ablood price (?).
aircet échta, Acall. 789 (`silver taken as spoil from
the slain
' SG ii 120 )cf. 1 echta. Attrib.g s.:aire échta
noble of death-deeds, the designation of an officer entrusted
15with the duty of exacting blood-vengeance, Laws iv 322.
20 . See Proc. RIA xxxvi C 16 § 109 (cf. ib. 269.31 ).
ZCP xv 319 .airi echta in tAengus G., ac dígail greisi
ceniuil a tuathaib Luigne, Laws iii 82.6 .neoil éachta
clouds of (i.e. presaging) death Ir. Monthly 1920, 108 .
20 IIBy extensionaslain person , occasionally somewhat
in the sense of Engl. casualty,loss(in battle); cf. eacht
pity,grief,sorrow,mourning P.O'C. :ard cach n-écht doro-
chair and every (warrior) slain there Met. Dinds. iv 44 .rob
echt mór fer dibhsin gérbhó maith an dias n-aile(of three
25slain warriors) FM v 1636.6 .dorónadh écht mór annsin ō
Ghallaibh .i. Pattraiccín C. there was a serious loss on the
English side, viz. P.C.
1646 y .dorochrator échta móra ó
Máguidhir M. suffered some serious losses Hugh Roe² 30.
27 (17a) .ni hinnister echt oirdearc diobh do thuitim FM
30 vi 2106.8 . Leabhar Chl. S. § 54 .echta a n-airech the
slain of their leaders
Leb. Gab. i 270 .nír bhó hionairimh
a n-échta FM vi 1936.12 . Marco Polo 63 .mór n-éacht
gcuradh do chaillsead, Miscell. Celt. Soc. 352 .ba
doimtheachta an maighen la hioliomat na n-écht ina
35bhfaoínlighibh FM v 1278.11 .
The use oféchtmay be anticipatory:dús in tetarthad
écht n-amra d'Ultaib do marbad if he could succeed in
slaying a famous champion of the U.
LL 124a8 = Death-
tales 4 (rendered:i ndóigh éachta do dhéanamh ar
40Ulltachaibh, Keat. ii 3106 ).is amlaid forcoemnacair cach
oen for erchomhair a échta facing the man he was to slay
ZCP xi 61.17 .ni fiu lium echt anuasal nā gillanrach
do marbadh vi 278.30 . ML 100.12 .gu nderna mé écht
Ídhail IGT,Decl. ex. 426 . Probably of this type is:demin
45leis gia no thachrad écht dó nā lécfadh C. dó a dénam even
though he should get the chance of slaying (a champion
)
TBC 1180 .
III Exploit,prowess,deedofvalour (echtab actu ,
O'Mulc. 365 , may belong here):eachd, gaisge prowess
50 Kirk = Arch. iii 154 .eacht`afeat,exploit,achieve-
ment' P. O'C. imchongbail echta ocus enig ocus engnuma
na hErenn MR 148.21 .géaga gionalaidh gach fir |
éachda iongantais is aisdir, Studies 1923, 598 .síothamhla
a héachta an athuair more peaceful her deeds TD 39.15 .
55 téid...d'éisteacht Aifrinn Dé...éacht nár thais don
treonruire, Ó Bruad. iii 84 .
IV Of ahurt inflicted: níor leigheasadh...éachta...a
chuilg the wounds from his blade were never healed Ir.
Monthly 1920, 265 .
60 V?:ni fuil écht do choite féin inti`to do thee alone a
skiff's office his capacity is all too scant
' SG 242.32 .
Compds.:échtbrug dwellingofchampions(?): clár na
n-eachtbhrugh, Misc. Celt. Soc. 342.11 . ¤ chor:tárrais
éachtchor iongantach thou hast met with strange disaster
65(to a ruined abbey) Ir. Monthly 1921, 508 . ¤ chú deadly
hound, ep. of awarrior: éachtchuin tseanga, Ó Bruad. ii 54 .
¤ chur death-dealingchampion,valiant warrior: síol na
n-éachtchuradh, Ó Heódhusa, Ir. Monthly 1921, 330 .
¤ ḟoirenn:ó éachtḟuirinn A.`A.'s daring tribe' Ó
5Bruad. ii 156 . ¤ ḟrém valiant stock: bile échtfhréime
Uidir, O'Gr Cat. 471 . ¤ minic given toperforming
valorous deeds: Sir A. armdherg échtmhinig, Rel. Celt.
ii 186.6 .

1 echta adj pure: uc[h]tbruinnedha echda`pure breasts'
10 CCath. 6099 ; hence:eachda .i. glan, O'Cl. To this
Stokes refers:aircet échta, Acall. 789 , but see ref. under
écht I.

2 echta: adj corruicce di mbo ecta set, Laws v 386.28 .
Cf. 1 echta.

15 3 echta: ind Anecd. v 30.3 , seeEchtga.

? 1 échtach n some kind ofnight bird, anowl(?):
eichtghe .i. échtach .i. én áiridhe, O'Cl. grechach na n-
echtach, CCath. 4171 =strix nocturna Phars. vi 689 .na
hethaidi aidhchidi .i. in écthach (v.l.ectach) ┐ inn iatlu
20┐ in bubo 881 . Meyer ( Wortk. 224 ) would connect this with
iachtaid howls(-échta Wb 4a22 ) andéigem.Cf. osnad
echtge, Corm. Y 662 = Corm. Tr. p. 81 , andechtachquasi
nechtach aidchi...Echtach didiu ar is i n-aidchi foluatar,
undeechtlanndicitur. Echtchahominum abiectione [leg.
25ab eiectione?] .i. o innarba feda. adarbetar a cain ┐ a recht-
gi echtca sin,undeechtbran, echtgal, O'Mulc. 368 .

2 échtach adj(écht) prowessful,death-dealing,destructive:
a llaith ghaile...┐ a n-onchoin échtacha, TTr.² 1079 .
ML 136 z .beithir échtach(of a chief), O'Gr. Cat. 510.14 .
30 gríbh é. ¤ TD 23.13 .onchú é. ¤ , TSh. 1160 .fan nGréig
n-éachtaigh n-iorghalaigh TD 13.25 .an cú...marbtur le
mac Deictine...da laimh iolbuadhaigh echtaigh ZCP ii 344 .
12 .ní béas leis bheith éachtach i ndálaibh ban | is da
éis bheith na gheibirne lá na mac, Ó Bruad. ii 156 . As
35 subst.:cech echtach, cach angbaid i slabraid rosnass
`every murderer' LL 147a45 = Proc. RIA iii 550 .Cf.
éachtaigh bhus éilmheach uim Ṡ. gléighilleadha éidighthe
...warriors(?) Ó Bruad. i 84 . Innpr.:in Échtach Oscair(a
steed), Acall. 270 .ind Echtach Amairgin(a shield), Ériu
40 iv 28.7 (the latter may belong to1 échtach, in ref. to the
shrieking ofshields).

? échtaid n one who doesviolent deeds, anevil-doer,
criminal: ní comthana fri échtaid (hechtaigh, échtav.l.).
Tec. Corm. § 19.5 . Possibly forech-tháid, seeech,
45compds.

echtaigid v g stipulates: perf. pass. manar echtaiged
eric do beith and focetoir, Cóic Conara 34 § 38 .munar
hachtaighedh re airithe orra, Laws i 146.5 . Seeechtugud.

échtaigid v g slays,murders: imperf. pl. 3(orpass.)
50 mōrēchta | ēchtaigtis glonnaib gaile | do læchraid L., ZCP
viii 117 § 1 .

echtar prep.withacc. without,outside: echtar
comairbirt mbiuth pecthae hi robammar(gl.foris eximus
extra quod fuimus) Tur. 108 .echtar recht [sic leg.?
55echtarechtMS] .i. docoid tar recht n-aicnid hinnun(gl.
cis naturae leges Sg 217b16 .noteged echtar chathraig
[sic leg.?echtarchaigMS] Ml 54c18 .feil docuiridar
echdar corgus a feast that falls outside Lent Mon. Tall.
§ 22 .Cf. arcichset loman lonngliaidh na da err eplaid
60hechtair, acht regaid fer dar fer indocht astig si, Anecd. v
14.17 (forv.l.see IT i 104.11 n. , Hib. Min. 55.13 ).
See alsoanechtair,dianechtair,sechta(i)r.
COMPDS.echtarchenél aforeign kindred; aforeigner,
alien (the latter meaning could have arisen from an attrib.
65 gen. ¤ cheníuil, which is suggested by some exx., but the
adj. ¤ chenélis perhaps to be classed withfindbarr,milbél,
etc. Cf. chrích, below):no gebtais echtarchenéla a tír
Trip. 170.3 .nach cland no bertis do echtarcenélaib 202 .
13 .as eadh líon lotar clanna N....cenmotat echtaircenela
5 Leb. Gab. i 78 . FM i 444.9 .na buada doberat leo a hechtar-
cenelaib in domain amuigh, Aen. 1963 .acca n-iomchoimh-
étt ar chuanaibh ┐ ceithearnaibh ┐ eachtarchenélaibh FM
vi 2250.20 .
The following may be attrib.gen., unless ¤ cheníuil
10is to be classed as an adj. of thei-decl. (see Thurn.,
Hbch. § 345 ).fer echtarcheniuil, Aen. 2906 .oicc echtar-
chiniul (v.l.echtairceniuil) RC x 222.127 .cosnamh a
n-athardha frissin ainffine n-eachtaircheneoil sin FM vi
2070.4 .rí eachtaircheneóil(of a king ruling over an alien
15kindred) FM ii 1074.9 .
¤ chian outlying,remote: fona crichaib echtarcianaib,
Aen. 230 .
¤ chined aforeign tribe: is aire sin ro gabasdair
eachtarcineada tire Breatan, Todd Nenn. 68 = BB 207b1 .
20 ¤ chinedach foreign, aforeigner: eachturchinedhoigh
do lot na hEirenn, TFrag. 112 .
¤ chrích I aforeign territory: Froech mac F....
soermacamh na nDomhnannach a n-imdealaiba n-echtar-
chrichaibh ZCP xiii 166 .coná caémhnacair dul i n-echtair-
25crích FM vi 2266.16 .
II aforeigner,stranger: dia ticed áighi no echtarcrich,
Marco P. 23 .ní theit lucht na criche sin a gcathuibh
acht da mbe conblicht forro doberuit echtarchricha dia
cabair 169 .g p. for breith áighedh ┐ echtarcrich 24 .
30 ¤ fine anextern kindred, analien tribe: a reic fri
echtarfine`to sell them to persons extern to the tribe' Laws
v 128.17 .do fir echtarfine iii 52.24 Comm.
¤ geinde of foreign birth: echtargendi(gl.alienigen(a)e)
Ml 37b30 .indechtargeindi foreigners 103d21 .hi lama
35echtargeinde(gl.in ius venit externum) 100c15 .a p.
echtargeindiu(gl.alienigenas) 29b16 .
¤ tháin anextern herd, a herd from another territory: da
n-indillib bodein...d'innillib echtarthana, Laws iii 232.15 .
¤ thuath anoutlyingorforeign people: fuba fri hech-
40tartuatha`attacks upon strange tribes' Laws i 160.3
Comm. tiagait meic Aeda in-agid na n-echtarthúath sair
LL 275a31 .