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80 méite (méte, méide) n m. (méit) size; amount, extent: a late
form of méit (? due to use of g s. in expressions like: is méite )
and similarly used. snam selg mete marcachos `size', Ériu
viii 68.40 = LL 31a13 . meide eiccen tuile a certain amount of
current
, Fl. Earls 64.13 . go ffuil in caislen sin i n-a meide fein
85ar oibreachaip landaingne na Cristaigeachta with regard to its
size
, 66.28 , cf. 70.17 . tangator in meide ba himfhoixe doip do
mhaithip all the nobles who were near them, 64.25 , cf. 88.16 .
ros-diamlaig in meiti ro cumaing as much as he could, CCath.
5477. gor lass indtind Laisrein an meide sin indus corb'ecen
. . . so much that, BCC § 280.

5 méith xsee méth.

1 meithe n(meth) decay, decline, enfeeblement: fil ar a nemdenam
de | maíli methi mochlēithe, LL 216a57 = maíle is meth is
mochl., Met. Dinds. iii 24. meth ┐ methi ┐ mochlēthi da
feraib, LL 215a29 (prob. `┐ methi' is an interpolation, cf.
10 Dinds. 18 ).

2 meithe? n cach murigi a meithi, Arch. iii 227 § 30 ; `to every
king his
province (?)', ZCP xvii . Prob. corrupt.

1 méithe n[iā, f.] (méth) fatness, obesity: ho methi ┐ immairi,
Ml. 20a23 , 25 . mucc co n-ur .i. co meithe uirre, Laws i 126.21
15Comm. do triun ar meithi uirri (of a cow), ii 252.7 Comm.
Fig. bennacht for Firu Cúli, | fó lem cia [a]della meithe I shall
be glad if abundance visit them
, Trip. 184.8 .

2 Méithe (? Meithe) pn io, n. name of a place (? hill) in N. Ireland,
perh. in Co. Louth. Meithi Tog . . . Ath Meithi nEuin, TBC²
20 816 , 817 = Méithe . . . Méthe nEoin (both n s.), LU 5293 ,
5295 = Meide in Togmaill ┐ Mede ind Eoin, TBC 1462 ; the
explanation given TBC² 819 apparently connects the word
with méide `neck'. ó Meitiu ┐ Cheitiu, TBC² 1188 (= ó
Méthiu ┐ Cethíu LU 5664 ), cf. 1767 . Cf. also the follg.: di
25meittiu for cettiu .i. da chnocc i maig Mogna, LL 161b marg. s.
is dometu for cette .i. deurc for uan .i. debec for bic (leg. de
metu . . . de urc . . . de bec?), O'Mulc. 751 , which seems a cant
expression meaning possibly `a change without profit' (for
the worse); cf. 2 meithel.

30 1 meithel n ā, f., (cf. W. medel `reaping-party'), in later lang. also
o, m.; meidheal, f., IGT Dec. § 54.4 (? metheal, ib. 19 ), but
also: meidheal, m. and f., § 53 . Written meigheal occas. in
late MSS.: d s. do mheigheal , IGT Dec. ex. 1340. g s. a
mheighle , ex. 1377 . in meighil , AU ii 420.11 (an. 1311) =
35 meidhil, ALC i 358.21 , medhil, FM iii 500.
A band of persons engaged in some common occupation or
service, generally agricultural, esp. a band of reapers: met[h]il
. . . ab eo quod est meto uel meta (.i. buain), Corm. Y 354 =
meithel, LB. meithle, lucht búanaighe, Eg. Gl. 451. ro buí
40methel mor oc B. ic buain (= messores), Lat. Lives 85 =
meithiul, Lism. L. 1662. oc ergnum cota methli preparing
food for the labourers
, LU 4349 (cf. 4351 ). ruc leis methil
mogda móir a band of labourers, Met. Dinds. iii 380. meth . . .
methle giallna `failure . . . in supplying a band of reapers to the
45chief
', Laws i 156.33 . manchuine .i. fer . . . do denum a dūine
no a meithle .i. an dun no a sluaighed lais, ii 194.10 Comm.
(where military service seems meant). punnand chorcai i
fogomor d'éis mór-methle, TTr.² 1162. ar mbeith don
fhoghmhar mór ┐ don mheithil beag, Keat. iii 247 (= quod
50esset [messis] multa et operarii pauci). gusan methil bhuana,
2 Kings iv 18. it aipche ar nguirt ┐ ní fhuil meithel sunn,
BNnÉ 297 § 35. drong dá mheithil do bhuain na fíneamhna,
TSh. 10238. fo meithil mhóna a band of turf-cutters , FM iv
1162.16 . pl. adchonncadar na gurtu aipchi . . . ┐ adchonn-
55cadar na meithli , RC xxvi 160 § 48. do condcatar . . . methli
ac buain arbha, BCC § 355 (d) = meithlecha, KMMisc. 317
§ 10 .
In wider sense of a band of persons connected in some way:
Faelán co méit methle, Fél. Oct. 31. meitheal min-seang (of
60 Bith and his companions), Ériu x 81 § 46. Eithne . . . bean
sin na meit[h]li nach marand a woman of a past generation (?),
78 § 28.
Compd. a ghriobh meidhealtrom Manann ` powerfully
attended ', TD 22a.16 . ag sluagh mheidhealtrom, 3.20 .

65 2 meithel? n labraid duine, innisid Dia, | m. ¤ ceithel dóib gach
ní `all things are but confusion', SG 246.30 . A cant phrase
= all their plans end in nothing? cf. 2 méithe.

meithem n June see mithem.

meither n o, m., an outer covering of some kind, sometimes indef.
70of a covering or garment in general. mether .i. brat, O'Cl.
meithir bis im cairid [= caírig] claim .i. forbrat [sic MS.] mil
.i. cuma bis meithir cach datha ann, in tuartan (i.e. a tartan
or plaid
?), Laws i 188.17 Comm. boí C. [ina] sudiu isin
tsnechtu . . . cen mether imbi, LU 5600 = meter, TBC² 1117.
75 cen m. ¤ n-etaig without a stitch of clothing, Aisl. MC 17.25 . fer
gan meither is gan bhróig, Buile S. 108 § 54. baí mór mether
cech datha form'chinn, H. 3.18 p. 43 (quoted Aisl. MC gloss. ).

meithescal n[o, m.] a detachment (of troops), some part of an
army? fosrimmart . . . i cro-buillib báis do methescul derid
80int ṡlóig, RC xiv 414.18 = LL 109b26 . ? tainic meidhescal
Find da indsaigid .i. im Garbchronan taissech na ṅgilla mor,
Acall. 5305.

? meithine n decay, blight, death (<meithe)? contethaig flaith
firu batar fo methine, Ériu ii 28.36 ( YBL 124b44 ). See
85 melgthene.

? meithlén n o, m., dim. of meithel: imad ma cuairt a methleoin
`abundance all round, O little band of reapers ', Ériu v 116 35
(perh. g s.; ma cuairt metrilain v.l.); reading doubtful.