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75 leithscél n(leth+scél) excuse,plea,pretext: ag déanamh
locht gan leithsgéal`inexcusably', Dán Dé xxi 4 .leithsgéul
sonn re sesamh t'fhiach an excuse for not paying you what I
owe you
, L. Cl. A. Buidhe 163.45 .gach agra dá bhfuil againn
┐ gach leithscéal dá bhfuil agaibhsi defence, Maguires of F.
80 74 .lethsgéul . . . fa ghnóaighe nach édir do chor ar cáirde
make pressing affairs an excuse, RSClára 77a . In various
constructions withgaibid:dá ngabhthar leo mo leithsgéal
if they accept my excuse, DDána 21 a. 23 .aighne géar nach
géabha ar leithsgéal, 59.3 .gabhadh an lēaghthó[i]r leithsgéal
85an sgrīobhneóra, Párl. na mB. 3218 .in lethscel dogab S.
do`the excuse that S. made for him', ZCP vi 280.31 .níor
ghabhais acht leith-sgéal lag`you gave but a lame story
about
. . .', Content. iv 57 .geubhad . . . mo leithsgél, L. Cl.
A. Buidhe 62.90 .na bi a' gabhail leith-sceil dot bhriathraibh
fein, ITS xxix 130.33 .do ghabháil a lethsgél ar ainbhḟios to
5excuse herself on the ground of ignorance
, RSClára 65a .
Perh. in more literal sense in:na beir luaithbreith ar
leithscél one side of the story(?), Acall. 1414.

leithscélach ind(leithscél):nách cóir dhuit bheith leithsgēulach
dhuit féin making excuses, Mac Aingil² 1935 .

10 leithtenont xseeleptinont.

leitir xseeliter.

leitius,letus n(Engl. loanword) lettuce :caithid saiste ┐ létus, Ir.
Texts v 75.20 .sil letuis, Rosa Ang. 84.6 .enbruith circi
maille letus, 40.z .an tasal do beathughadh le heorna ┐ le
15letus, 23 P 10³,16a29 .mian leitiúis, Eochairsg. 40.6 . `léitis
rágach crisped lettuce', `leitís lettuce', Hog. Luibhl.

léitmech adj o, ā(cf. léiten(a),léitenach) Laudatoryadj.applied
to warriors, strife, animals,etc., used invariably in alliterating
groups. Orig. bold,daring: is é in dána dichondircil . . . is é
20in lumne léitmenach, TBC 5418 (létmeach,v.l.).ró hoiledh
. . . iad . . . gursad luatha leidmecha ar muir ┐ ar tír, RC xiv
28 § 6 .na lama leitmichi luathechtaichi, Cog. 194.9 .comrac
. . . léidmeach luathghonach, CF² 691 .ar chalpa luath
léidmheach`active', Studies 1942, 207 § 51 .do-rinnedar
25imram . . . lēidmech lāim-t[h]ric luath, ML² 657 .gartha
leidmecha luth[gh]aire`eager', St. Ercuil 1733 .ech leidmech,
luathescaidh, ZCP vi 57.17 .leomain lonna léitmecha, Lism.
L. 3650.
Adv. ro cuired in cath . . .co lond leidmech lánlaidir, Acall.
30 1803 v.l. fágbaid go síor . . . / a sliocht go leittmech ar chach
(of relics sworn upon rashly), BNnÉ 146.40 .no-tas-loinget
na laeich gu leitmech, BLism. 159 va10 .

léitmenach ind=léitmech,q.v.

léitmige n iā,f.(léitmech) daring,boldness , etc.:léitmigi na
35llaech, LL 230b x ( TTr. 1005 ).co n-érbairt . . . / cen laici tria
léitmigi`in her vigour unabated', Met. Dinds. iv 184.14 .o
tanic danatus ┐ ledmige comtrialla in catha ina menmain,
CCath. 743 .a léidmhighe, a ngairm 's a[ngoil], A. Ó Dálaigh
liii 9 .leidmhighe .i. mianghas, O'Cl.

40 léitmigid v(léitmech) acts daringly :álainn do léidmig . . . / ar a
néignib i naonuair, Caithr. Thoirdh. 34.6 .

? léitmire ind(prob. for-mige):co léidmire leómain ┐ co lainne
ladrainn, Fianaig. 60.13 .

leittir n(leth+tír?)pl. -tri,-trib. Also with secondaryk-
45inflection:g s.(g p.?)nalettrach , LL 3892 (leitrech, Dinds. 1
§ 42 ).Litrech, Ériu ii 176.18 . (lower?) slopeof ahill :leitir .i.
leth-tirim ┐ let[h]-fliuc[h], Corm. Y 848 (tirim a leth ┐
fliuch a leth [n]aile,v.l.).fo leittreib lethglenn, SR 4720 .co
riacht Leitir Cinn Abrad (?leg.leitir), Anecd. ii 79.19 .
50 arsind lettir i Crúachain ┐ a chlaideb arsind lettir na ḟarrad,
TBC 2869 (leitir, Stowe).marbais Luasce i llettri, diatat
Lettre Luasce, 2012 - 3 (ina leitir o bfuil Leter Luaisge, Stowe).
at ruibni rúadgascid . . . at-chíu dar leittrib na hAirlúachra`
anair, MU² 368 (leicnib,v.l.).Lecht Con . . . isin leitir hi
55comardus Ratha na ríg síar, Dinds. 1 § 14 =issin l. ¤ , LL 3824.
isin leitir os Laeg anoir, Dinds. 1§ 16 =uasin l. ¤ , LL 3833 .a hiathaib
Lai i lleitrib Crai, RC xi 42.y .
Freq. innn. loc.:i cath Litrech Ruaidi, Ériu ii 176.18 .i
taobh Letrach dā mbrūach, Fianaig. 10 § 2. See also Hog.
60Onom. s.v. lettir .

lel- xseelenaid.

lelacit ind g s.:isund doberar in salann i mbelu ind l. ¤ `of the child(?)',
Thes. ii 251.16 (Stowe Miss.).

lelap seelenab.

65 lelbán xseelenbán.

1 lem n o,m. elm-tree: l. ¤ cuassach`a hollow elm', Trip. i 84.5 .
isind cuass ind lim, 18 .sdiuir do ḟid lim, IT iii 89 § 115 (=
Bruchst. i 34 § 80 ).crand leimh, Lism. L. 2678 (corresponds
totylia, Acta Sanctorum Hiberniae, ed. de Smedt and de
70Backer203a3 ).lemh . . . isna cailltib, Auraic. 5514 .cara
ceathra (.i. l. ¤ ) . . . .i. dil lasna ceathra in l. ¤ ar a blath ┐ ar [a]
canach, 5619 . Reckoned among the `athaig feda', Laws iv
146.x , Auraic. 1154 , 4249 .leamh .i. leamhán, O'Cl. As first
element in place-names,Lemchaill,Lemdruim,Lemmag,
75Hog. Onom.

2 lem adj o, ā I (a) soft,tender;weak,powerless :l. ¤ .i. cach maeth,
ut diciturlemlacht .i. lacht maeth, O'C. 110 ( H. 3.18,71 ).
ind óg findl. ¤ . . . . / Maire ingen Ebraidé, SR 7503. ba leamh
do ghreann, Oss. vi 188.x .Mac Mic Craith nár leamh i
80gcomhrac, E. O'Rahilly 82.166.
(b)In sexual sense,impotent: fear diairm .i. oc nach dir
bean do beith .i. o na bi arm is comadhais do, in fer l. ¤ , Laws
v 134.2 Comm .fer dibreithe .i. gan cloind do bhreith do .i.
ro fitir in fear a beth leamh, O'D. 462 ( H. 3.17,col. 357 ).
85?a rand l. ¤ sech lecnaib`weichlicher als (fleischige) Backen',
Bruchst. i 36 § 84 = IT iii 90 § 119.
(c) foolish,worthless :glór an amláin gan aithne / drong
lemh lucht a shaothraigthe, O'Gr. Cat. 556.3 .deighil . . . / gach
fer fial is gach ben lemh, 593.3 .ní ghéillim . . . / . . . dod'
bhriathra is leamh glór, Oss. iv 122.18 .duine leamh, neoch
5do thógaibh a theagh air ghaineamh, Matt. vii 26 .ná glac
litir leimh iná seóda suirghe, Mac Aingil² 1722 .gurab leamh
don tí chruinnigheas toicce . . . an tsaoghail, TSh. 7140 .na
daoine leamha, ēccēillidhe, Parrth. Anma² 2918 .
(d) lukewarm(?): lemlacht .i. lacht tēith .i. l. ¤ cach tēith,
10 Corm. Y 802. Cf. O'C. 110 cited above.
Adv. tre bharr ghrádha go leamh leamh / ní bhíu tar chách
dhá gcaoineadh, L. Cl. A. Buidhe 133.17 .biaidh an fear,
Fionn, go leamh powerless, Oss. iv 90.z .dá saoileadh an
saidhbhir go leamh gurab sealbh dhíleas dó é, TSh. 10061.
15 IIAssubst. an leamh 's an críonna, Hackett xxxix 79 .
Compds. Withsubst. ¤ lacht, seelemnacht. ¤ liaig worthless
physician :an leimhliaigh, Mac Aingil² 4633 (`quack'). With
adj. ¤ glórach babbling,talking foolishly :ná bíod leamhghlór-
ach ag rádh gach neith tig chum a mbéoil, 5483 .