mem(m)ar

Cite this: eDIL s.v. mem(m)ar or dil.ie/31920

Forms: memmor, membur, meamair, memru, meamur, memor

n o, n. and m. (Lat. membrum) memmor, LL 284a12 . n p. membur, Thes. ii 246.6 . meamair, Laws v 6.25 Comm. a p. memru, iii 34.2 (text).

A limb, member ,

(a) in older texts in fig. sense; in Laws a member of a community (often tenant of a chief, who is figuratively styled cend): oire nundem membur uile du Dea we all are members unto God, Thes. ii 246.6 ( Cambr. 37d ), where the legal sense is perhaps implied. cach memar dia chind choir (let) each member (pay) to its proper head, Laws iii 26.5 . fofuaslaice flaith ┐ fine ┐ eaclas . . . cach n[d]ochar focerdtar [sic leg.] for a meamra, iv 54.5 . ii 278.19 . ni dorata flaith no eclais dia memraib techtaib, v 314.18 . arfeith cend a memra a head has precedence over its members, O'Mulc. 103.

(b) in physical sense: m.¤ .i. mēr ut est . . . im memur laime no coise (i.e. finger or toe), O'Dav. 1263. ACL iii 311.2 . Esp. of the membrum virile: meamur [memor v.l.] congna [congaib v.l.] ferrdha fir, Forus Foc. 46. meamar .i. ball fearrdha, O'Cl. Of a woman: fri memar a cuirp, O'Dav. 1263. Cf. also LL 284a12 = ZCP xviii 92.1 .