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meinistir n f. orig. ī-stem, later guttural (g s. meinistri, Laws v
264.15 text. ? n p. meinistri, Triads 63 ). A box or case used to
85carry vessels and other insignia used in the Divine Service, or
sometimes relics: sometimes transld. `service-set' or `credence-
table'; it formed part of the travelling equipment of a saint or
cleric in early times (< Low Lat. ministerium `sacrorum vasorum
. . . congeries et apparatus
' Ducange ). menstir, Thes. ii 241.17
( Ardm. 18a2 ) = Trip. 344.21 . cuic primfethail cecha ec[ol]sa
5. . . .i. bachall ┐ menistir ┐ cros ┐ cloc ┐ catur (.i. soiscela),
Trip. p. xxi ( Rawl. B 512 fo. 44b2 ). dobert Pátraic cumdach
do Fiac .i. clocc, meinistir, bachall, pólairi, 190.13 (glossed .i.
minna aistir, Arch. iii 26.6 , an etymol. gl.). dorat soiscela ┐
m. ¤ dó (= evangelium et ministeir), Lat. Lives 51. ro bual D.
10in sacart . . . coro bris m. ¤ Coluim ro bui for a muin, LL 353a74 .
Used for carrying relics: mo ministir maisech móirfhertach
. . . ina bfuil ní do thaisibh na naomh, BNnÉ 266.13 , cf. 245 .
28 and see note ii 356 . tuillem meinistri the earnings of a
reliquary
(i.e. fees or donations collected by the priest who
15carried it), Laws v 264.15 (glossed .i. log . . . imtuillit na
minna bitt for aister, 266.10 ). tuillem ministri, Coic Con.
Fugill 21 § 6 = t. menistrech, 55 § 127 (see note p. 59 ). For
carrying the reserved Host: ros fucc somh o Bhairrai a m. ¤
n-umha cona shacarfaic, BNnÉ 16.3 ; cf. tuillem baithis no
20menistrech, H. 3.18 p. 19a ( O'C. 53 ), which seems = t.
bathais ┐ comnae, ib. g p. na cerdda oc denam na mmias ┐ na
menistreach , Trip. 250.26 . ór . . . do chumdach minn ┐
mainisdrech (sic), Lism. L. 873. In: flaidh na teorai meni-
strech, ZCP ix 450.13 , we should prob. read mainistrech
25 monasteries. In gen. sense of someth. sacred: trí meinistri fer
Féne .i. cích, grúad, glún ` halidoms ', Triads 63 (but this seems
m. pl., perh. an early instance of menistir < Lat. minister, see
ministir).

1 méinne n io, m., béinde méinde (ban), IGT Dec. § 2.24 . A com-
30pany, retinue; members of a household ; acc. to Meyer Wortk.
48 < Mid. Eng. meinie, meiney (O.Fr. maisnie). Conall 's a
cland chruaid | 's a menne mearda marcsluaig, Met. Dinds.
iii 358. rointer Eri leth ar leth | ac in dā menne meadrach, ib.
a cochaill féne . . . iman ménne, Ir. Texts ii 33 § 19. O'Dubda
35. . . menne mor findmuige Fáil, Hy Fiach. 208.7 . méinne
macámh, IGT Dec. ex. 101. g s. sógh méine , ib. ex. 32 . is beag
an fóghnamh doghnídhim acht ag coiméad méine mo mhná
household (?), Oss. vi 172.16 . gur glacad a ghallméine English
garrison
(of an Anglo-Norman fortress), Caithr. Thoirdh.
40 29.6 ; ib. 25 . Cf. béine `a company '; b. ógbhan `a bevy of young
women
', Dinneen .

2 méinne n f. (2 méin) mind, disposition, temper (mod.): gáoith-
mh. ¤ nár thláith ré tenn, Gleanings 20 § 36. m. ¤ na ndaoineadh,
GJ i 25a .

45 méinni? ind delg díuscoilt crú ceiti méim m. ¤ , Thes. ii 248.5 (Sg.
Incant.).

méintecht n f. (2 méin?) disposition, nature? ní cualaidh bean
. . . aon lá ba sáimhe méinteacht `a day more agreeable', Oss.
vi 146.24 .

50 ? meir: conj m. ¤ is ḟorni . . . | tuc ingen Echach anró ` since (?) it is
on us
', CRR 5 (leg. mar?).

meirb adj i,
(a) in O.Ir. lifeless, a corpse (?): pl. inna merbi .i. mortua
corpora (gl. occisorum funera), Ml. 113b8 . dunaib merbib .i.
55dunaib corpaib marbaib (gl. funeribus), 65c4 .
(b) Mid. and later Ir. inert, flaccid, feeble: (in moral sense)
weak, ineffective, backboneless: tipra nad m. ¤ fon muir, Met.
Dinds. iii 286. is merb is is marb mo guth, SC 29. nir bat lesc
ar nar bat meirb, 26 ; cf. Tec. Corm. § 19.30 . toisechu bia
60marb oldas bia m. ¤ , LL 147a9 = P.R.I.A. iii 546 § 8 . cech m. ¤
is mettu every weakling is a coward, Met. Dinds. iii 376. ni
fortachtaig[i] Día nach mifhir m. ¤ , Trip. 88.29 . duthracht fir
maíth-laim m. ¤ , LL 146b12 ( P.R.I.A. iii 540 § 6 ). rádis athesc
nar bo m. ¤ , TFerbe 868 . comairli nach m. ¤ , Ériu vii 226.9 . dál
65nach meirbh, Anecd. ii 35 § 10. is meirbh a phearsa a láthair,
2 Cor. x 10. Adv. ni m. ¤ dofich Falbe, Fianaig. 12 § 17. cetheoir
coinnle . . . ni meirv forosnat a clár, 14 § 33 . seal go meirbh
┐ seal go láidir, TSh. 1656. As subst. = meirbe: almai
aidb[l]i cen m. ¤ , SR 6297. m. ¤ .i. mi-soirb, O'Dav. 1222 (etymol.
70gl.). m. ¤ .i. truagh nó meata, Stowe Gl. 183. In good sense
mild, gentle: a Mhuire mheirbh, Dánta Grádha xxxii 31
(= 30.31 ed. 1926). In Mod.Ir., of weather warm, sultry , s.
Dinneen .
Compds. rop múr ar cech merblén feebleness , Fél. Jan. 24.
75 ar in meirplind, ór ni teilgthe he achd tria meirphlind for it
could be cast only through calm water
(of the gaoi bhulga), ZCP
x 295.5 . meirbhnéll lethargy , Buile S. 92.6 . ag meirbhshiubhal
go mall, TSh. 2560.

meirbe n iā, f., (io, m.?) occas. with non-palatal, merb(a)e, abstr.
80of meirb. Inertness, weakness, ineffectiveness: merbe ┐ lagatus
cech uilcc, PH 4360. a chétul cen merbai (: demnai), Fél. Ep.
150. co tistais cen merbi mod | do adrad a deilbi-seom, SR
1807. 7227 . cen merbe, cen derc[h]ainuth, Arch. iii 320.5 .
cen meirbe is cen míbal, Met. Dinds. iii 224. deich meic B.
85cen m. ¤ , LL 4a42 = Leb. Gab. i 220.1 . bad ḟossud cen chuit
merbae, Ériu iii 96 § 3. ni ḟetamar . . . comairli merbi na
mettachta acut, LL 264b1 = MU 18.8 . do bhrígh a meirbhe
┐ a neamhtharbhuidhe, Hebr. vii 18. meirbhe .i. brég;
mearbha .i. mearbhall no brég, O'Cl. (folld. by P. O'C. ) is
prob. a false inference from the phrase: cen m. ¤