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terc adj o, ā few,scanty,meagre,sparse: tercagl.exigua, Ml
48c30 . tearc.i. beag(B. na f.), ZCP v 484 n. 9 .
IUsed attributively:scceolanga terca`a few fugitives,'
FM i 332.10 .adguisiu na tri turcu tercu`the three meagre
65boars
,' Thes. ii 293.4 . patert. ¤ da cach oclaigh nāim a short
prayer
(?), Ériu ii 229 § 6 .hua menmain t. ¤ `with feeble
mind
,' Ml 118a10 .Of food,etc. scanty,meagre: betha
thearcc, Fél.² cxl Sept. 8 .ba fri fáilti feisibh tercaibh,
ZCP viii 198 § 17 . Of (parts of) the body:an chuid diobh
70aga mbid cuirp thana thearca thin , 23 K 42,83.1 .Cf. ata
in croiceand tearccutis rara [est], 87.6 .an tiomghlún tearc
the soft slender knee, Dánta Gr.² 67.23 . Of words:ralabair
P. briathra terca tarbacha`a few profitable words,' TTebe
675 .a bhriathra troma tearca, PBocht 25.33 .
75 IIUsed predicatively. (a)nita terca som, Ml 92c13 .
bá t. ¤ cach n-adbar dó, LU 11008 .immat buar, t. ¤ ass, SG
80.9 .is t. ¤ bur sluaigh, IT iii 388.10 .nidot terctha m'fhúar-
adhbha, Buile Ṡ. 48.4 .bheith tearc mí gan pinginn im
purs`hard up,' Ó Bruad. iii 6.14 .beathadhuigh állta ... do
80dhénas tearc a nuibhir sibh, Lev. xxvi 22 .atā an naomh-
thacht ... coimhthearc ┐ sin aca ..., Desid. 6453 . With
follg. gen. of respect:an teangaidh nach tearc labhra,
Studies 1934, 433 § 1 c .mná in táiblidh munba t. ¤ lóin,
DDána 119.15 .tearc foirne clár na cruinne, Dán Dé xiv 10 .
85Withde:tearc do lacht mé ... | ó thart na sé sealánach,
TD 44.1 .
(b) With copula in various constructions. Most commonly
with follg.n s.:ist. ¤ rí dia rodamain, Met. Dinds. iii 234.2 .
ni t. ¤ do Grecaib fer do dingbala-su, TTr. 1284 .tearc ... |
ní ... nar adhair é, DDána 17.10 .t. ¤ nech do dligh a éra,
5 BNnÉ 279.9 .as tearc duine da tucthar na grasa sin,
BCC 240.30 . Withn p.: tearcingheana a n-ionnshamhoil,
DDána 55.2 .budh tearc caraid ag cath Éirne, Aithd. D.
28.30 .Cf. ba t. ¤ for bith mnai a samail, PH 830 . With
follg.rel.clause:gidh tearc duit-se nar umhluigh, DDána
10 4.8 .tearc do-fhidir few know, Dán Dé iii 26 .as t. ¤ aga
raibhe fis, BNnÉ 291 § 6 . With partitivedeandrel.clause:
tearc díobh nach deaghadhbhar, DDána 3.6 .tearc do chách
ód fhleidh leagar, 48.20 .tearc dínn nach daorfadh fínné,
58.1 .
15Asadv.:dorat dam Gridhair ... | abaidh Ēirenn is
Alban, | mo beith uaistibh go t. ¤ , ZCP xii 394.12 .as (sic leg.)
fírthearc cuirid uathadh ar na connsainibh` rarely ' (O'Cl.
on the spelling of O. Ir.), RC iv 355.14 .
Compar.andsuperl.:ind ti dib dana teirci in cenel
20indile sin who had fewest of that species of stock, Laws iii
464.6 =intí [dib] ... is terci [in] cenel innili [sin], O'Dav.
484. teirce a-cách an creideamh cóir, DDána 57.1 .an
uair ... | is teirce atá dhá iarraidh`when fewest are seeking
it
,' TD 31.16 .tír ina teirce tonna`where waves are gentlest,'
25 28.33 .na tolcha as teirce sreabha | na linnte as lia éigneadha
whose streams are shallowest(?), DDána 100.4 .ní teirce
cách na crecha`no less numerous than the entire population
will the preyings be
,' Caithr. Thoirdh. 48.19 .nir teirce an
tred rea nairemh(after the giving of seven sheep to the
30poor), BNnÉ 149.33 .
Compds. ¤ bóllach:do leas turba an tearcbhóllaigh
`who repaired all the loss of the cattle-pen wasted,' Ó Bruad.
i 198.6 . ¤ cuid:for terccuidib .i. for proind bic, Fél.² cxl
Sept. 8 .lear dhainid sinn i dtearcuid bídh, Ó Bruad. iii
35226 . ? ¤ lí:hi certrī no rainte adíu | nín bo therclī toillte
tnu, BB 45a19 . ¤ menmae:derchaineth co terc-menmain
hi timnaib de`despair along with inattention to the commands
of God
,' Ériu vii 172.12 . ¤ menmnach:co nábtís tercmen-
mnaig dispirited , TTr.² 1026 . ¤ múinte:do thuaith-
40chliaraibh tura tearc-mhúinte ill-mannered , TSh. 2292 .
¤ ól:táir-bhiadh ┐ tearc-ól`scarcity of drink,' 2262 . ¤ phit:
for t. on meagre rations, Fél. Sept. 8 .nícon tercphít,
Immrama 66 § 122 (=tercbít, Anecd. i 64 ). ¤ threb:iadad
for terctrebaib(sic leg.), Laws i 102.25 ,.i. is na trebaib
45ata terca duine, 104.20 Comm.

tercacht n ā,f.(terc) scarcity: t. ¤ an fhiona as tir uile, L. Chl.
Suibhne 46.13 .deroilecht ┐ t. ¤ na spirut, Rosa Ang. 248.x .
o thearcact an adhbair, 23 P 10³,5a11 .

tercae,teirce n iā,f.(terc) scarcity,fewness,lack: ar thercai
50inna n-ane ndomundae leu, Ml 56d14 .ar tercai orbai dún
`for the scantiness of our heritage,' 102a3 .dodechaid tercca
bíd ann ara nimmed, Thes. ii 298.17 .fer ro scríb cen
tercai | cáinscéla, Fél. May 6 .Iudas iar ṅDia ce[n] terce(?),
SR 2995 . ?ni tercca, ni imscarat | co ti leth lathi in
55domnaig, 8035 .fri foimtin terci`as a precaution against
scarcity
,' Mon. Tall. 132.15 .terci ┐ esbuid ... cech uilcc,
PH 4360 .trí gáire | bít ann cen úair do therca` unfailingly ',
Met. Dinds. iv 368.10 .i terce tíre`for want of land,' Todd
Nenn. 222.5 .atchota terca leire, LL 345c9 =terci, Anecd.
60 iii 12.3 .terca na tarad scarcity of fruits, Ériu v 24.8 .is
amlaidh sin na muiti ni tat nemfogair acht ar terci a bfogair
inntib nama the mutes are not soundless but(are so called)
from their lack of resonance, Auraic. 2942 .airnin arding
defidh .i. ding fil and is teirce feuda fodera ... co nach fidh
65acht is taebomna(of words ending in-nn, where the
diphthong is expressed by a consonant and not by a second
vowel?Cf. tendad), 3662 .ni bái ... do maithius sáegallu
i terci do, RC xxvii 260 § 2 .i terca bíd, Aisl. MC 113.2 .
tearca n-etha, FM ii 694.9 .bui i tercu dogres roime sin
70`in poverty,' Lism. L. 1489 .biaid terci ar blechtaib na
mbuar, LB 78 marg. sup. a d[t]eirci re tachar their lack of
numbers for battle
, TTebe 1002 .a haibhne i dteirce torchar
have run low, DDána 73.5 .bean dá thaobh i dteirce cadail
`can scarcely sleep,' TD 29.37 .gan teirce a bhfonn 'na
75ndáil with their desires amply satisfied, Oss. iv 140.x .le
tearcad daoine, Gadelica 130.685 .re terc[i] dílegtha`with
defective digestion
,' O'Gr. Cat. 266.3.

tercaigid v g(terc) becomes scarce,diminishes,decreases:
do thercaig uisge an locha, SG 7.26 .ro cuir mór laech fa
80lechtaib | ro tercaigh mísi a talmain, Acall. 4028 .cur
tercaighsett a seitrigthe gleaca`his strong struggles grew
rare
,' CCath. 2955.
Vn. tercugad:rogab torad t. ¤ , ZCP vii 309.11 .a lucht
tighe ar dtearcachadh, DDána 23.5 . Trans.a nert do
85tercugud, TTebe 3818 .ag imdughad na n-écht ┐ ag ter-
cughadh na tromescarad, Caithr. Thoirdh. 115.24 .