níab

Cite this: eDIL s.v. níab or dil.ie/33153

 

n m. (? n.) a word of uncertain meaning, possibly vigour, spirit (cf. W. nwyf and the vb. níabaid) as suggested by K. Meyer, Wortk. § 10 : in most of the follg. exx. the sense of níam would be more appropriate. co tarrasar fom' niab glan | hi fiadnaissi in Duleman, SR 1819 (Lucifer speaks of his unfallen state). deil teilchinni . . . a nniab amal chorcarglain, 4270 (= da dhéil dirge degṡollsi . . . gemma derscaigthe amal chorcair nglain forru, LB 120b47 ). for nem noebda, niab nemed, 7135 . sluindfet mar gréin glan [leg. glain?] a níab, LL 35a15 . rabad glē-bán a níab | oc dul dar sliab Sion sáir, Auraic. 5301 = LL 37c22 (an example of `mallrugud', the monosyll. níab being treated as disyll.). ? a p. inreith nith niaba | nertaid gal cridi, TBC-I¹ 3469 (the combat invades [men's] spirits? see Wortk. 10 ).

As npr. f.: Níab ingen Cheltchair, Death-tales of the Ulster heroes 26 § 9 (Niam v.l., prob. right reading).