1 mellach

Cite this: eDIL s.v. 1 mellach or dil.ie/31900
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Forms: meldach, melltach

adj o, ā. O.Ir. meldach, Wb. 4c19 ; melltach, 9d17 . By Ascoli p. cclxxvii connected with mellaid `deceives', but prob. both words are derivatives of meld = 3 mell.

Pleasant, agreeable, delightful: meallach .i. aoibhinn; .i. maith, O'Cl. meallach . . . ionann sin is maith nó miadh, Forus Foc. 43. As pred. of cop.: ba m.¤ in bāg, Ériu ii 20 § 1 , cf. LU 9415. ropa m.¤ a gnāis `pleasant was their society', Fél. 74.18 . ba m.¤ in frith, RC vi 187.21 . robad m.¤ . . . ascnam . . . dochum nEirenn, ZCP vii 309.18 . ní m.¤ a caíne, LU 1520 ( MU 52.16 ). ní m.¤ cid a comaithmet it is unpleasant even to mention it, Ériu ii 136 § 122. is m.¤ limm pleases me: arcessi do neoch bes meldach less he pities whomsoever he pleases, Wb. 4c19 , cf. 9d17 . feib ba m.¤ la cēill cóir, SR 3543. is m.¤ lim ind lanamain ucut (= I consider that couple well matched), TBC-I¹ 1587. m.¤ lim bith i n-ucht ailiuin I would fain be, ZCP v 496 § 1. (Compar.) ba mellchu lim dul I had liefer go, LL 276a42 . Applied to persons: Helesius . . . m.¤ fri cobair coemslóg a beneficent helper of multitudes (?), SR 7166. génair . . . mellach mac, Metr. Dinds. ii 12. oidi do mic melluigh, ZCP xii 386.7 . m.¤ o deilbh ┐ ciniul, Laws iv 354.2 Comm. (etymol. gl. on midlach; transld. ` middling'; `deceitful ', Manners and Customs iii 522 ). Of places or things: mag mármas melldag, RC v 202 § 20 . Loch Muinremair múir mellaig (.i. aoibhinn) `of the pleasant wall', Leb. Gab.(i) i 100.5 , cf. LL 7a6 , BB 28b15 . mulchán m.¤ `delicious cheese-curds', MacCongl. 81.1 . do moethail buic mellaig, 67.27 .

In chevilles: m.¤ miad, SR 1985. m.¤ búaid, 7601 . m.¤ máen, Metr. Dinds. iii 124.

mellach suirgi (name of a class of `druth'), H 3.18 p. 423a ( O'Curry 982 ) = m.¤ suirig, Laws v 144.2 ; meallach suirig, Eg. 88 39ab-bb ( O'Curry 2487 ).