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mebal (mebul) n ā, f., O.Ir. n s. mebul (Glosses; but mebuil, Ml.
138c8 ). meabhal (meabhail incorrect), g s. meabhla, IGT Dec.
§ 37. In late Mid. and Mod.Ir. also o, m.
(a) a cause of shame, a disgrace: dinim .i. mebal nó aisc,
5 O'Mulc. 335. meabhal .i. nár, O'Cl. In Glosses used as pred.
with cop. in expressions: is m. ¤ dom it is a cause of shame to
me ; is m. ¤ limm I am ashamed . arnap mebul domsa mo irbāg
(gl. ne . . . erubescamus), Wb. 16d11 . 24a30 . is mebol damsa
. . . mani fuil imorbága I am put to sshame unless there is a con-
10test
, LU 1472 ( MU 48.23 ). is mebul duit . . . laigi fri bangrád,
SC 30. is mebul dom imrādud a mét élas uaimm shame to my
thoughts how they stray from me!
Ériu iii 14.2 . ní mebul do
Ultaib uli a thabairt dó to award it to him (i.e. Cú Ch.) would
be no slur on all the (other) Ulstermen
, FB 14. nach mebhal
15doibh féin an cuairt? Cog. 98.35 . ní mebul lemm precept
soscéli ( = non erubesco evangelium), Wb. 1b10 , cf. 29d18 , 30a6 .
is mebul leu in tan nad rucat they are ashamed when . . ., Ml.
87c3 . ba mebul lē dul issi torruch, IT i 139.29 . ba mmebul
lee buith donaib ócaib cen biad she was ashamed that the
20youths were left without food
, LL 249b6 ( TBFraích, Med. and
Mod.Ir. Ser. v 136 ), cf. ZCP iv 37.18 . beith a mbochta ní
mebol poverty is no disgrace, Arch. iii 321 § 6. Col ┐ Mebul ┐
Eraise, TBC² 1766 (allegor. npr. f.). ní dénat acht mebáil
indiu they are acquitting themselves shamefully (of discomfited
25warriors), LU 1513 = MU 52.8 . cen ruci cen mebail, FA 35.
cách a ndénaidh frisin ingin do mhebail (mebhul .i. olc) all the
wrong you do the maiden
, ZCP v 524.20 . comét mo lāma . . .
nar chlechtat . . . atchuingid fo mebail lest they be accustomed
to seek what is shameful
, ZCP vi 259 § 8. ní hosnad iar mbebail
30. . . is ósnad iar mbúaid (i.e. after discomfiture), FB 89. g s.
caint meblæ , O'Mulc. 203. rūn meblai, Arch. iii 306 § 9. mod
mebla, LL 144a26 .
(b) transf. in concrete sense pudenda: mebul [meabhul,
mebal MSS.] .i. ball bannda na mna . . . do dechsain a mebla
35.i. a náire, O'Dav. 1264 = a mebuil, 1225 .
(c) deceit, guile, treachery (common later meaning): brecc
nó m. ¤ , O'Mulc. 789. meabhal .i. feall, O'Cl. brég (.i. cealg nó
mebhul), ZCP v 524.29 . Brēg ┐ Meng ┐ Meabal, Corm. Y 723.
doronsat Saxain mebuil for Bretnu, LU 234 , cf. Todd Nenn.
40 102.2 . feall ┐ meabal . . . do dénum air, Fianaig. 70.5 . meabal
ar Sil M. la Murchertach treachery (was practised) on, RC xviii
15.26 (Tig.). Dondchadh . . . do marbadh la hA. . . . a mebuil
treacherously , xvii 337.6 , cf. FM i 484.15 ( = dolose, CS 152.18 ).
a mac do marbadh la Hua C. tre meabul, RC xviii 192.36 .
45 ro ferad faeilti gan meing gan mebail re C., Acall. 6902. lucht
fingaile ┐ mebla, RC xxviii 318 § 30. crech meabla `a treacher-
ous foray
', AU ii 114.4 . aisling meabhuil an illusive vision,
E. O'Rahilly vi 1 (1911). chum meabhla do dhénamh air a
sheirbhíseachaibh `to deal subtilly with', Psa. cv 25. The follg.
50exx. may represent (a): m. ¤ fo t[h]uinn [sic leg. ?] fosluide, cid
fīada fuilt ḟindbuidi ( = `beauty is only skin-deep'), ZCP vi
267 § 3. tuilledh ele as dliccedh duibh, | mart, muc is molt gan
meabail `without deceit', BNnÉ 269.16 (but cf. do gadadh úam
mart meabhla, IGT Dec. ex. 963 ).

55 meblach adj o, ā. (mebal) shameful, disgraceful; deceitful: dorigset
claind meblaig (of Lot's daughters), Rawl. 72a27 . óen mac
dec Cannain chliaraig | meblaig mergig mormíadaig, LL
142a33 (cf. Gen. x 15 - 18 ). Pluton mebhlach mi-dheamunnach,
RC x 180.21 . do mian na merdrighi meblaighi, ZCP vi
60276.19 . do chind pecthach mengach meblach , Arch. iii 243.1
(g p.). an dá mhaighisttir mheabhlacha (i.e. Luther and Cal-
vin), MacAingil 468.2 . oireachtas daoine meabhlach, Jerem.
ix 2. Of things: gaí lang .i. gai meablach, Cóir An. 239. sódh
mheabhlach mheangach delusive , TSh. 2120. breug mea-
65bhlach, Keat. i 48.19 . As nickname: Magnus m. ¤ , ALC i 652.13 .

meblugud n u, m., (mebal) putting to shame, disgracing: bá
maith leo cen m. ¤ na rígna that the queen was not put to shame,
LU 4232 ( SG 83 ). Esp. seducing (a woman): mad lam fo etach
dia meabluccudh, Cáin Ad. § 50. urgabail mna cen a meablu-
70ghadh, Laws v 476.26 (quoted O'Dav. 1262 with gl.: m. ¤ .i.
dul co mnai). fiach a meblaigthi, iii 354.3 . ba holc fria
macaibh L. mebhlughudh a sethar, Misc. Celt. Soc. 26.1 .
a meblugadh .i. póg, lán-eneclann inn, Nero A VII fo. 153a
( O'Don. 2228 ).

75 1 mebrach adj o, ā. (mebair) remembering, mindful (of), hence
familiar with, versed in , with acc. or i n-: isam m. ¤ -sa inní
diatá, Acall. 5414 , cf. 3115 , 7305 . [isam] meabruch ann, 1963 .
bat mebrach 'sind noebscriptuir, Arch. iii 313 § 13. am m. ¤ -sa
[eolus-sa v.l.] i sreathaib senchusa hÉrend, Ériu iv 138 § 13.
80 Intelligent, quick-witted: badar . . . aobhda, maordha, mea-
bhrach ` facetious ', Oss. v 136.10 (poem of late 16th cent.).

2 mebrach subst. meabhrach sgeinne géire fá n-a thaoibh
`a sharp knife-dagger' (?), ITS i 40.26 .

mebraid v i = mebraigid. ríoghan . . . do mheabhradh modh
85`who minded courtesy', PBocht 8 § 21.

mebraigid v i (mebair) (a) commits to memory; learns: (depon.)
ma memraigther féli `if thou remember feasts', Fél. Mar. 2
(mebraigter, -ther, -thir, mebraighir v.l.). mebruigh [-uidh
MS.] na sailm ! ZCP xii 385.26 . memraigh ind aislingi-si !
Aisl. MC 116.4 . mébraigis in scoloc na runda, 17.11 . senchus
5Maodhocc meabhraigh lat, BNnÉ 251 § 207. bendacht ar
cech óen mebraigfes go hindraic táin amlaid seo, TBC 6206
(scribe's colophon). dobēr-sa nem dá gach aen mebreochuss
an moladh, BCC § 336. gor mebraigh se legend na hecluissi re
tri mí uadh learned from him, § 250 . ná mebhraig éigsi !
10 cultivate not the poetic art, O'Gr. Cat. 392.10. cid ag Leth
Cuinn . . . do mebhraighis do mhacchleasa you learned (prac-
tised
), MR 302.5 . briathra Chríosd gé dochluinim | ní hiad as
mho mheabhruighim, Studies 1933, 307.5 .
(b) rehearses, recites (?) and by extension hands down,
15 records: mebrugaid beóil lips, make mention of it, Met. Dinds.
iii 46. conid iat na crosana sin ro meabraidhset in duan who
handed down
, ZCP xii 291.35 . amail adubairt C.C., mar
mebruighes Adamnan air as A. records of him, BCC § 269.
amail mebruighter a lebur na Rigraide, § 214 . Cf. i mbear-
20taibh rann do mheabhruigh Homér he recalled H., E. O'Rahilly
xxii 160 (1911).
(c) excogitates, devises (mod.): do mheabhruigh gangaid is
gó, E. O'Rahilly xix 6 (1911). a ghallbhuidhean ler' mea-
bhruigheadh ar gcrochadh, D. MacCárrthaigh 40.153 .