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midbad (-ba, -baid, -botha) n a legal term occurring in the
85term fer m. ¤ given to a member of a low class of freeman,
appar. a young man not yet possessed of hereditary land , his
father being alive (Thurneysen, ZCP xiv 343 , 361 , cf. MacNeill,
Law of Status 277 n. 1 ; MacNeill, ib. 283 n. 1 , explains as fer
midboth `a between-house man', `a man of mid-cottages',
from both `booth, cabin'). is e bēs foloing fer midbad, Laws
5 ii 258.18 . saeiri fir m. ¤ , v 106.18 . cadeat grad tuaithi? Fer
midba, bo-aire, etc., iv 298.12 (Crith Gabl.) = fer midbotha,
ib. 17 . fer midhbadh (grade of the Féne corresponding to
fochlach in grades of poets), 354.21 . ōtā fer miudbu co righ,
ii 146.10 Comm. (extremes of rank). cema he righ Ereann ┐
10in fear mbidhbaid, H. 3.18 p. 218ab ( O'C. 388 ), cf. Laws v
42.23 . ōna teora fearuibh midbuidh `the three lowest grades',
Laws ii 152.12 Comm. na tri fir midba, a tri n-eineclann,
H. 3.18 p. 177b ( O'C. 322 ); the three classes of fer m. ¤ , acc. to
this passage, were aged respectively 14, 20, and 30, cf. Laws
15 iv 300. Possibly (as suggested by Plummer) identical or con-
nected with midba; fer m. ¤ `an average man ', from whom the
grades were reckoned upwards.
Cf. further: immat buar. terc ass. midhbuidh tromm in
gach tír (signs of degenerate times) `dependants burdensome',
20 SG 80.9 = mi[d]bhaid, Lism. L. p. xxvi (= B. of Lism. 29a2 ),
where Stokes quotes P. O'C. : miodhbhaidh .i. eineachlann
`a mulct or fine'; cf. miodbhaidh .i. eineaclann honour-price ,
O'Cl. , a gloss perh. due to misunderstanding of a passage like
that from H. 3.18, 177b quoted above. The meaning above
25may be men of low standing or juniors .

midbadach adj o, ā. belonging to the class of `fer midbad': rāidem
fēne fírfodlaib . . . midbothaig, trí ocairig, trí bo-airig buain,
ZCP v 499 § 6. ben mbidbodaig, Laws ii 380.6 Comm.

midbaid xsee midbad.

30 midbolc xsee 3 mid.

midbotha, -ch xsee midbad, -ach.

midchlais (-chlas?): n bla miand midclais (.i. slan donti claides
an mēin asa medonclais), Laws iii 202.16 , 17 ; acc. to the gloss
middle trench . bla mēin midclais .i. slan don miandaigh inni
35claides a mian `the exemption of the gratification of desire, i.e.
the longing woman is exempt (in eating) what subdues her
desire
', 204.8 , 9 ; quoted by O'Dav. 1265 with gl.: midhclais
.i. boltanughadh . . . .i. cia teis tuth bracha i mbein torraig,
as though = midchlos.

40 midchlos n odour, fragrance? bolud ┐ midclos inna mblatha,
Ériu ii 128 § 92. a bolad ┐ a midchlos, 118 § 52 . See also
midchlais.

midchuairt n f. `mid-court', a central court or hall in a dwelling,
generally used for banquets , also called tech midchuarta ;
45prob. a compd. of 3 mid, RC v 257 (of 1 mid `mead-court',
acc. to O'Curry, Mann. and Cust. iii index , a view adopted
by Zimmer). miodhchuairt .i. meadhonchuairt, O'Cl. asrenar
eneclann cach prim-persaind asa m. ¤ , Laws i 164.25 Comm.
i mm. ¤ mo thige, Fél. Ep. 94 (glossed: i medonchuairt, Laud
50610). dogen[ad] failte fri cach n-óen it' m. ¤ már, RC xxv 22
§ 4 . co mannaib moraib midchuarda medardæ, ZCP xi 93
§ 28 . tech midchúarda (of Bruiden Dá Derga), BDD 87. for
tellach taige . . . medraig midchuartai, Aisl. MC 87.11 (mid-
chuartai[g], Meyer). Esp. of the banqueting-hall of Tara:
55 sudigud Tige Midchúarta, FB 2. Ériu iv 128.13 .

midchuine n f. (Lat. medicina, RC xii 466 ) medicine: bēra m. ¤
latt . . . d'icc do galair, Aisl. MC 95.16 . Medical treatment:
midcuine techta oc na hardbeanar alt na feich, Laws v 486.10 ,
glossed .i. midchuine dobeir in liaigh dligthech, 488.4 .

60 1 mide n io, m., middle, centre , used in combination with medón
in expressions of time: go m. ¤ medoin laí, TBC 3560 , cf. 3774 .
co tainic midi medoin lae, Acall. 1803 n . uair midi medon-
[láe], 6738 n. i mmidi medon-lae, CCath. 848.

2 Mide pn io, m., (same as preceding?) Meath, the central province
65of Ireland , used originally to designate the hill of Uisnech
regarded as the central point of the island (qui . . . umbilicus
Hiberniae dicitur, Giraldus Cambr., Top. Hib. iii c. 4 ), RC
xxxvii 143. crích Mide, TBC 6191. telach Mide, AU 829.
i mMidiu, 713 . for Midhiu, 949 . a Midiu, Ériu iv 148 z .
70 tuatha Breagh ┐ Midhi ┐ Uisnigh, Acall. 83.

1 midech adj o, ā. belonging to Meath . As subst. o, m. a man of
Meath: Midhech, IGT Dec. § 11.30 . pl. Midig, Connachtaig
. . . ocus Ultaig, Ériu i 132.65 . re Midhechu, Anecd. ii 21 § 14.
As ā,f. a woman of Meath: Midhech, IGT Dec. § 12.8 . Midhe-
75ach, § 18 .

2 midech adj o, ā (1 mid or 3 mid?) a nUisneach Midhi mighid `of
Meath of the mead
' (? of central M.), BR 22.6 = midhidh, BB
268a22 .

3 midech subst., see 1 midach.

80 midem n m. Mid.Ir. vn. of midithir. (a) surveying, estimating:
ro gab ac m. ¤ ┐ ic mordescin, LL 263b8 = MU 12.23 . ac m. ¤ ┐
ac mórdescain ar in slúag, CRR 25. ac m. ¤ . . . int ṡloig, 27 .
re midium na cath, MR 198.11 . (b) a judge (analogy of brith-
em
): oentaigid risin m. ¤ morbriattrach, fri Moysi, BB 241a46 .

85 midemain n f. late Mid.Ir. vn. of midithir. (a) judging: aingil
nime ic a forguill . . . Crist fén oc a m. ¤ (= Christus iudex), PH
5336. (b) contemplating, surveying (in order to form a judge-
ment); reconnoitring: ic midemuin na ndúl (of a druid), TBC
5490 St. oc midhemhain na nóeden, Moling § 8. gid fata
ro beth fer . . . ac mideamain na n-ingen sin, TTebe 733 . ic
5midhemain ┐ ic mordecsain for in longphort, CCath. 5429. do
midheamhain . . . an tíre ina thimchell, Hugh Roe 156.18
(fo. 42a) . do mhidheamain an tslóigh, FM iv 988.16 . (c) the
act of reflecting; meditation: ag midheamhain ar ghuaisibh an
bháis, TSh. 9849. do tharbha na midhemhna so, Parrth.
10Anma 391.3 . pl. doním midhemhana fada ar na pianaibh do
fhulaing Criosd, 426.11 .