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mothar n o, m., (orig. n.? cf. m. ¤ n-aidhche, O'Dav. 1245 and
legal texts cited below). Prob. cognate with 1 moth; the orig.
sense may be something dark or intricate. (a) a thicket, jungle,
wilderness (of greater extent and wilder than a `muine'): ro
5leith fid ┐ m. ¤ dar crich nGuaire, RC xvi 34 z ( Dinds. 84 ). tene
mhor ar mh. ¤ Durlus, IT iii 97 § 158. bid mōin ┐ m. ¤ a feranna-
seom co bráth (a curse), BColm. 62.17 . co nár fág . . . móin nā
muine nā m. ¤ , Buile S. § 12 . fích mothair, Met. Dinds. iv 16 y .
eter mothru ┐ amréthi, FB 47 (a p.). ro lin mac-alla . . .
10mothra ┐ caillti, CCath. 5625. ingen maic Niad na mothur,
LL 139a16 . a mothraib mórálli Manéti, 233a28 ( TTr. 1204 ).
tar moithribh an maigh-sleibhe, FM vi 2128.13 . Freq. in
place-names, see Hog. Onom. (= Anglo-Irish Moher).
(b) transf. a dense, rough, or tangled mass . Of a high sea:
15 co mothor mara Torrían, LL 135b12 = Rawl. 78a2 ( R.I.A.
Proc. 1884, 2nd series ii 230 ). tar in m. ¤ mortonnach, CF 37.
ro eirigh in fairrgi ana mothur mor-ainbtenach, D IV 2,
45ra11 . Of clouds or mist: mothur imdorcha aidchidi, LL
235b13 ( TTr. 1375 ). co mbátar 'na m. ¤ dluith dorcha dubh-
20chíach (of clouds), CCath. 3339. doni en-motar mor dorcha
dibh (sc. clouds), ITS xiv 150.14 . Cf. gor bha chéo truailnithi
. . . i mbui do mhothor inna mhedhon, RC xiv 265 § 59 = a
mboi do mhóthur, TBC p. 305 n. 5 , where it seems used of
foul vapour or ordure. Other applications: in m. ¤ sciath dense
25mass of shields
, Ériu v 240.1 . cona ngreanmothraib goiscidi
(of whiskers and beards), MR 180.10 ; 184.18 .
(c) in fig. sense, obscurity; a tangled or intricate problem:
mothor n-airechta .i. is toirche [= doirche] laisin airecht,
H. 4.22 p. 30 ( O'C. 2002 ). mothur n-ecuimne .i. is dorcha aire
30inn inbaidh coimperta, ib. Cf. O'Dav. 1245 : m. ¤ .i. dorcha, ut
est mac sula saighid seilbh ciasa m. ¤ .i. innsaigid in ferann cidh
dorcha a breth [dó] (the citation might mean an acknowledged
son seeks [landed ] property even though it is a wilderness
).
? mothar n-iubaili nertadh rudhartha, Eg. 88, fo. 37c ( O'C.
35 2461 ); apparently: the lapse of time forming a barrier against
claims, Plummer, MS. notes. Cf. further: dorad i mmothar
an ní sin that bewildered (?) him, BDD² 1183 = i mmoth LU.
Compds. (a) with subst. ¤ chluas f.: ro mael . . . a moth-
archluasa shaggy (?) ears , SG 251.9 . ¤ thír wild land covered
40with thicket , RC xiii 9.4 (mothor-).
(b) with adj. ¤ daingen: i mendattaib m. ¤ -daingne ┐ i
ndroibhélaibh diamhra ensconced in thickets (?), Hugh Roe
128.23 (fo. 35a) . fíodhbhadh ¤ dhlúith, Todd Lect. iv 94.7 .
muinel mothlach ¤ dhorcha, ZCP vi 80.19 . fon muir ¤
45dhorca, Études Celt. i 81.32 . ós a muineól ¤ glas shaggy
and grey , Met. Dinds. iii 78.8 .

mothla adj io, iā. soft, moist? `m. ¤ ' mæth, Met. Gl. 33 § 22. m. ¤
` moist ', O'R.

mothlach adj o, ā. rough, shaggy, hirsute: muinel m. ¤ , ZCP vi 80.19 .
50 [tarbán] mer m. ¤ , Ériu vii 6.3 = motlach 198.21 . co fuair in
mnaí mothlaig móir ` shaggy ', Met. Dinds. iv 26.17 . sēig mār
m. ¤ , ZCP xi 159 § 176 , cf. Anecd. i 70 § 176 v.l. As sobriquet:
Niall m. ¤ , AU 950. clúmhach, mo[th]lach, garbh, Eg. Gl. 115.
Cf. Mod.Ir. mothall `a fleece, a bush of hair, shag, or fur ',
55 Dinneen .

1 mothrach adj o, ā (mothar) overgrown with thicket, wild or
waste (of land): maighean motrach Midluachra, BB 380b8 .

2 mothrach adv. a late corruption of mochthráth (see moch,
compds.). gabadh lán leighe . . . motrach ┐ ag laighe in the
60morning and at bed-time, R.I.A. 23 P 10³, 37b5 . eisg bearbthar
mothrach, 28b20 .

mothugud n u, m., vn. of mothaigid. (a) orig. being amazed;
amazement , perhaps in follg. ex.: mor do rathugud ┐ machtad
┐ m. ¤ dorónsat . . . oc imfacsin na sét sin, Alex. 395.
65(b) perceiving, feeling; perception, sense: do neithibh marbus
an m. ¤ (= de somniferis), O'Gr. Cat. 205.4. ina mballaibh
marbha gan mothucchadh, FM vi 1918.19 . ro fhás mothuc-
chadh míomhuinnterais . . . eter é ┐ an mac a feeling of enmity,
2096.9 . bean mhothuighthe ceilge who felt the treachery,
70 A. Ó Dálaigh xii 4. mothughadh the sense of touch, Luc. Fid.
159.14 . The follg. ex. is obscure: ind eclas do mothugudh | ní
monar duine daoibil, ZCP x 45.3 .

mr- xFor words so beginning see also br-.

mraich n m. (= Mid.Ir. braich) malt: cutan-méla mulend múad-
75mraich, FB 52.

mraithem n m. a betrayer: Wb. 32d15 .

mraithemnacht n ā, f., treacherousness, guile: g s. inna mmraith-
emnachtae , gl. iniquae simulationis, Ml. 31d13 , 133a2 (-nech-
tae). dég a mmraithemnachta, gl. propter [eorum ] dolositatem,
80 91c14 .

mrath n o, n. (= Mid.Ir. brath) the act of betraying, deceiving;
treachery. n s. (with art.) a mmrath , Ml. 33a8 , d11 . ar in m. ¤ ,
gl. proditione, 72b1 . ar for m. ¤ in order to cheat you, Wb. 18a15 .
g s. dun gnim in mraith , Ml. 74c8 . n p. mratha, gl. seditiones,
85 Wb. 18a22 . ní gnáth écoíniud nā mrath, Im. Brain § 9
(mbrath v.l.).