imbolc, óimelc

Cite this: eDIL s.v. imbolc, óimelc or dil.ie/27312

n o (? <imb-bolg, Ó Máille, Ériu x 110 or < *ommolg Stud. Celt. xiv-xv 109 ), the name of the pagan festival celebrated on the first day of Spring (see Vendryes RC xli 241 - 4 ); hence, in Christian times transferred to Candlemas: ōn lūan aidche samnai coricci lūan aidchi imbuilc, TBC² 2999. on lúan re samain sáinriuth cossin cetáin iar n-imbulc (ier bfel Brigde v.l. Stowe), TBC 2473. o lúan taite ṡamna co tate imbuilg (go taitte n-earraigh v.l. , Stowe), 3186 . fromad cach bíd iar n-urd | issed dlegair i n-Imbulc, Hib. Min. 49.27 . iar n-imbulc, ba garb a ngeilt `after Candlemas (rough was their herding),' Met. Dinds. iii 370.61 . Fanciful etymological explanation: óimelc .i. ōi-meilg .i. is[ī] aimser andsin tic as cāirach. melg .i. ass arinní mblegar, Corm. Y 1000.