dorchae

Cite this: eDIL s.v. dorchae or dil.ie/18304
Last Revised: 2019

Forms: doirche, doirchi, d., dorchai, dorcha, dorcha, doirche, dorcha, doirche, dorcha, dorche, dorcha, doirche, Doirche

adj io, iā. Also doirche, n p f. doirchi, SR 63 .

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(a) dark, gloomy: d.¤ , Sg. 165a marg. inf. Ml. 40c15 . inn-aithchi dorchi, 30a4 . dorchai gl. (nocte) caeca, Thes. ii 31.22 . tem .i. cach ndorchi, Corm. Y 1213 . dobar .i. cach ndorche, 424 . tromcheó doborda dorcha, FB § 36 . tír ndub ndorcha, FA § 21 LB. sruth usci duib dorchai, § 30 . nél dorcha, SR 3967 . i ndiamraib dorchuib, 7576 . il-luc dub dorchu, Fél. March 9 . slog dub dorcha . . . do démnaib, PH 8101 . a n-inada dorcha, Laws v 326.15 Comm. a ndoiribh doirchibh, BS 116.11 . Dia diamair nach dorcha | rī sorcha, ACL iii 221.14 . Compar. dorchu ina dubgémriud, FA § 30 LB. is doirche ná gach doghroinn 'it is grimmer than any affliction', Giolla Brighde 46 § 25 . Of persons in the dark: is dorcha cech oen i n-ecmais ecnai, PH 6861 . ar mo beth dall dorcha i n-uamthig thalman, TTebe 179 . Of colour, complexion, etc.: in dub ind liath | ind odar doirchi datha | nidat soirchi, SR 63 . bra-dorcha dark-browed , LL 266b42 . suile dorcha, 24 P 3, 173.11 . a bhfechuin do bheith aduathmhar dorcha (aspectus horridus obscurusque), 23 K 42, 191.2 . a n-ētaigi do bheith dorcha, Fl. Earls 254.16 . fear doirche, 3 C 13, 571.19 . Emann dorcha (a sobriquet?), AFM v 1280 .

(b) Fig. not clear, obscure: ba dorcha la cách in labra, IT iii 187.1 . is dorcha a fidrad inn airchedail, Ériu v 32.7 . cid dorche sāmad cāich ┐ cid rūndae, Corm. Y 803 . can briathar dorcha nā dochiallach do radha, Lib. Flav. i 21b . eolus dorcha, Eochairsg. 68.30 . is radharc spéucláire dorcha atá aguinn anois, 1 Corinth. xiii 12 . (Women are) doirche gusmara `gloomy' (enigmatic?), Tec. Corm. § 16.39 .

(c) obscure, unknown (?): mor an buaidh do fhior dorcha | sorcha a theist ar ḟedh Eirenn, Sitzungsb. Pr. Akad. 1919 v 93 § 32 . ? ingen druad Dil nar dorcha, Lec. 399a3 .

(d) gloomy, morose (?): adv. do chaithsiod biadh go dorcha dórdánach, PCT 647 .

II As subst. io, n. dorcha doirche m., IGT Decl. § 2 . dorcha doirche, Abstr. Nouns § 5 .

(a) darkness, gloom: ri dorigne sorcha saer | ┐ dorcha, SR 18 . tarblaing dorcha dar cach mag, 7761 . la díth ndorchae dispelling the darkness, Fél. Dec. 25 . forcoemnacar dorcha mór for talmain, PH 3347 . dar dorca na hoidche, 3512 . at dorcha i soillsi, Tec. Corm. § 16.120 (possibly adj.). Oft. pl., esp. in older texts (through influence of Lat. tenebrae?): is Dǽ int soilse amal as nDæ inna dorche , Ml. 140c5 , cf. 54b20 . dond fritobairt fritataibret na dorche don shoilsi, Sg. 183b3 . fo doirchib, SR 7993 . i mbithdorchib, 1748 . in popul dessid i ndorchaib, Trip.² 2 . dodechatar dorchai tar forgnúis in talman, 568 . soillsi cumuscthae a dorchib, Corm. Y 26 . rodallait o dorchuib phecda, PH 3911 . du. uisce Bo N. d'ol eter da dorcha , BB 267a36 = iter da doirche `between two darknesses' (i.e. between dawn and night?), Leb. Cert. 24.6 . mac dorc[h]oi a son of darkness (i.e. of sin), ZCP iii 453 . mac doirche a child begotten clandestinely , Laws v 452.16 .

In concrete sense: trí d.¤ ná dlegat mná do imthecht, Triads 100 . trí dorcha Hérenn: úam Chnogba, etc., 42 . cach fid ┐ cach fásach, cach dorcha ┐ cach diamair, TBC-LL¹ 3531 .

(b) Fig. obscurity, mystery: creic soirche fri doirche .i. creicc gāith fri baeth, ZCP xiii 22.27 . dall na doirche . . . na inderb obscurity (something unproved) (Thurn.), xiv 366 § 26 . fo aicned soirche no doirche of the clearness or obscurity (of a legal case), Laws v 252.19 Comm. ar a doirchi ┐ ar a dot[h]uigsi, Corm. Y 561 . doirche rúin, ML 110.15 . trí dorcha in betha: aithne, ráthaiges, altrom (things of which the issue cannot be foreseen), Triads 249 .

(c) As n.pr. m. Dorche m. Ailgile, Rawl. 160b25 . Usually mythol. or alleg.: Dub ┐ Dobur ┐ Doirche (cup-bearers of the Tuatha De Danann), Lec. 25a40 . gen. maic Doirche , Metr. Dinds. iii 4.26 . Name of a mound at Tara: dá dhumhae . . . Dall ┐ D.¤ , RC xv 282 § 23 . Metr. Dinds. i 18 .

In compds. dorch-, q.v. See also dorchacht (c).