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belach

Cite this: eDIL s.v. belach or dil.ie/5608

Forms: bealach, bealaighe, beilghe

n o, n. (bel). See Ériu xiii 165 , 166 . bealach m., n p. bealaighe and beilghe, IGT Decl. § 55.

(a) gap, pass (between hills), defile, (narrow) passage : B. nÁne, LU 5217. oc Beluch da Liac, 2936 . Imrull Belaich Euin, TBC² 2113 = Belaig, LU 6654. Bēlut (Belach, v.l.) ṅGabruain, Corp. Gen. 21.26 . trí belaige Hérenn: B.¤ Conglais, B.¤ Luimnig, B.¤ Duiblinne .i. Átha Clíath `the three mountain-passes of Ireland', Triads 50 . for bernaib ┐ belgib criche Conaille Murthemne, TBC 4732. dar b.¤ Mara Ruaid, Todd Nenn. 232.95 . ar bēlu belaig crīche hūa Mochlongthi, Aisl. MC 85.24 . etarnaid cach belaig ó Fertaibh Fer Féich co Temraig `an ambush on every pass', Arch. iii 16.1 . belaigi cumga caille `narrow forest passes', ZCP vi 56.1 . gan dul isin mb.¤ mbodhba sin, ML² 337 . a mbelgip belsalc[h]aiph ┐ imbelataib imcumcaib, CCath. 4843. gur réidhigh bealaighi (bealaighthi, MS.) ┐ daingne Laighean, Ériu i 80 § 10. gním berrtha ós braine belaig `of shaving the gap (part left bare by the razor, ed.'s n.) above the fringe', Met. Dinds. iii 334.11 . ac brisedh na mbéilghe (mbéilghedh, MS.) `in breaking through passes', Expugn. Hib. 40. bealach coilleadh bicce `a pass through a small wood' (but perh. nom. loc.), FM ii 1060.4 . do dhol tar beilgibh isteach . . . i tTír Amhalgaidh, vi 1884.12 .

(b) road, path, way lit. and fig. As the name of various early roadways in Ireland, see BR lix . ros failgetar belgi ┐ mendudai ┐ críchdoirsi a námut `Strassen', Alex. 200. rún belaig betha knowledge (?) of the road of life, Met. Dinds. i 30.4 . ré Ríg belaigh betha cé, ZCP vi 269 § 2. ar slis choill- gheal chláir na mbeilgheadh, IGT Decl. ex. 1423. bealach na náomhthachta, Is. xxxv 8. ar bealach on the way, TSh. 2582. ? Note also: frisin mbelend mbandernach / belaig úathaig ochtclesaig, LU 10394 ( ZCP iii 257.5 ).

Common in nn. loc., see Hog. Onom.

bélach

Cite this: eDIL s.v. bélach or dil.ie/5609

x see bé(o)lach.