1 meithel

Cite this: eDIL s.v. 1 meithel or dil.ie/31859
Last Revised: 2013

Forms: meidheal, meidheal, meigheal, mheigheal, mheighle, meighil, meidhil, medhil, meithel, meithiul, meithli, meithlecha

n ā, f., (cf. W. medel `reaping-party'; see BBCS xiii 24 ), in later lang. also o, m.; meidheal, f., IGT Dec. § 54.4 (? metheal, ib. 19 ), but also: meidheal, m. and f., § 53 . Written meigheal occas. in late MSS.: d s. do mheigheal , IGT Dec. ex. 1340. g s. a mheighle , ex. 1377 . in meighil , AU ii 420.11 (an. 1311) = meidhil, ALC i 358.21 , medhil, AFM iii 500.

A band of persons engaged in some common occupation or service, generally agricultural, esp. a band of reapers: met[h]il . . . ab eo quod est meto uel meta (.i. buain), Corm. Y 354 = meithel, LB. meithle, lucht búanaighe, Eg. Gl. 451. ro buí methel mor oc B. ic buain (= messores), Lat. Lives 85 = meithiul, Lism. L. 1662. oc ergnum cota methli preparing food for the labourers, LU 4349 (cf. 4351 ). ruc leis methil mogda móir a band of labourers, Metr. Dinds. iii 380. meth . . . methle giallna `failure . . . in supplying a band of reapers to the chief', Laws i 156.33 . manchuine .i. fer . . . do denum a dūine no a meithle .i. an dun no a sluaighed lais, ii 194.10 Comm. (where military service seems meant). punnand chorcai i fogomor d'éis mór-methle, TTr.² 1162. ar mbeith don fhoghmhar mór ┐ don mheithil beag, Keat. iii 247 (= quod esset [messis] multa et operarii pauci). gusan methil bhuana, 2 Kings iv 18. it aipche ar nguirt ┐ ní fhuil meithel sunn, BNnÉ 297 § 35. drong dá mheithil do bhuain na fíneamhna, TSh. 10238. fo meithil mhóna a band of turf-cutters , AFM iv 1162.16 . pl. adchonncadar na gurtu aipchi . . . ┐ adchonncadar na meithli , RC xxvi 160 § 48. do condcatar . . . methli ac buain arbha, BCC § 355 (d) = meithlecha, KMMisc. 317 § 10 .

In wider sense of a band of persons connected in some way: Faelán co méit methle, Fél. Oct. 31. meitheal min-seang (of Bith and his companions), Ériu x 81 § 46. Eithne . . . bean sin na meit[h]li nach marand a woman of a past generation (?), 78 § 28.

Compd. a ghriobh meidhealtrom Manann ` powerfully attended ', TD 22a.16 . ag sluagh mheidhealtrom, 3.20 .