mén

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n i, (cf. W. min `lip') a mouth (poetic word).

(a) in lit. sense: mén bél, Forus Foc. 58. O'Cl. men .i. bel ut dictum est . . . mairg troich tar roï rēna | atchi mēna mac snāma, Corm. Y 948. engais Gabrán cléir chachta | m.¤ [mein v.l.] co n-abrán anrachta `with a frenzied chant in their mouths' (of hounds baying), Metr. Dinds. iii 158. ? do sil Luigdeach ba maith men (: laechNell), CGSH § 662.59 n. gg-gg​​​ .

(b) an opening in a coast, a gulf: m.¤ mára .i. bél na mara, O'Cl. mēn mara (: frēmh), Leb. Gab.(i) i 66.11 (= méin mara, LL 5b48 ). en-mhac Manannain don mhēn (: Dibél), ib. 184.13 (= don méin . . . dobéil, LL 11b16 ). a thuaig no telged . . . fri cach ména mórthuile `against all the flood-tide of the bay', Metr. Dinds. iv 226 = fri hagaid in tuile, RC xvi 76 - 7 .

(c) a sea-monster, whale? m.¤ mara .i. bleidhmhiol bhios isin muir, O'Cl. men .i. miolmór, Leb. Gab.(i) i 66 n. 8 . Prob. a mistaken inference from exx. like Corm. Y 948.

Compd. with vb.: co ménscaíled [in muir] ina ettrigib anfóilli was divided into gulfs, LL 219b38 = TTr. 195.

Cf. ménagud.