déchsain

Cite this: eDIL s.v. déchsain or dil.ie/14931

Forms: dechsuna

n i, gen. dechsuna, IT ii2 139. 3 (15th century); dechsa, Laws i 138. 30 (corrupt); cf. fordechsana g s. LL 402 a 6 ; vn. of déchaid. A Mid.-Ir. contamination of déicsiu and féchain. In early Mod. MSS regularly replaced by féchain (e.g. FDG 168 . 644 . 652 , Stowe MSS). Syn. dechain, déccain, déicsiu, often interchanging in the same text: FDG 168. 175 . ZCP viii 229. 24 , 28 . TTr.² 44 . RC xxvi 140. 12 ; 164. 24 .

I A looking or gazing upon. With gen. or for.

(a) of persons: scíth mo chraide...agud dechsain a macán, FDG 652 YBL. téit do déchsin in tṡrotha, ib. 644 . do dechsain nime ┐ ifrind, Snedg. u. Mac R 34. 17 . rolínsat dingna na cathrach do dellrad ┐ dechsain...forgla trénfer nEorpa, BB 414 b 16 . atsisithar sist forsin port oc déchsain na hingine, ZCP v 524. 28 (16th century). slógh mór oc dechsain na hidpurta, RC xxvi 164 § 55 . Snedg. u. Mac R 42. 6 . la dechsain do fuirri (sc. in péist) rosíabra a beoil do díb cúladaib, Laws i 72. 18 . atberedh la dechsain an cuaich, RC xxvi 374. 29 . to look out: fear siúil do dechsain ce hairead úathaibh go tír, BB 39 a 25 .

(b) transf. of things, a looking at, a facing : dá choloṁain...┐ cách díb oc déchain a chéile .i. coloman Eorpa oc dechsain Affraici ┐ coloman A. oc dechsain E., TTr.² 44 .

II A viewing, inspecting, examining . eirg do déchsain na fledi, FDG 168 YBL.

III A look or gaze : dodech Naéisi i ndiaidh a dechsuna ┐ dochonnairc súil an ḟir N. followed the direction of her look IT ii2 139. 3 . fa baegal díbh a déchsain, ZCP viii 229. 28 (or `to look at him').

Obs.—Cf. fordécsin.