genit

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(a) a female mythical being of malevolent powers : no sgrechat na geniti dó, LU 8875 ( FB 67 ). ar donadbat genaiti (gl. .i. mna) áesa a Tenmag Trogaigi (gl. .i. a Maig Mell), LU 3520 ( SCC § 28 ). na trí gheinide ghnúis-uathmhara, ML 118.32 . Gen. in phrase geniti glinne : demoniac spectral women of the glen : a kind of other-world Amazons who with like supernatural beings appear with shrill cries on the battle-field : is cumma congairtis de bánánaig ┐ boccánaig ┐ geniti glinne ┐ demna aeóir, TBC-I¹ 1924 . bánanach no bócanach no genit (giniti St.) glinni, TBC-LL¹ 1537 ; 2584 (geiniti) ; 3301 . foídis S. iat ... cusna genitib glinni, LU 8871 ( FB § 66 ). etar ... badhba bēlderga ┐ ginite glinne, Fianaig. 94.25 . genit glinde .i. ben i nglinn (gen .i. ben, glynnon .i. foglaid .i. banfoglaid bid a nglinn), O'Mulc. 640 . Also gelliti glinne, through confusion with 1 geilt, q.v. : boccanaig ocus geliti glinni, Cog. 174.9 . raloisc na secht gelliti isin glind, LL 44a18 . do chomgaireadar ... badhba ┐ geilide glinne ┐ arrachta aieir, CF 743.

(b) Applied to Cú Chulainn a weird, sprite-like creature: inn é in genid seo as dech gaisced la hUltu, LU 1439 ( MU 46 ). `Ní rúalae in magsa,' olsí, `nad ro lá genid gráinde a lóeg bó bríuine,', Comp. CC 31.21 = ZCP iii 237.19 . genide grainne .i. gaisgeadh dá marbhthaoi naonbhair d'aon bhuille, O'Cl. (cf. Comp. CC 41.x ).