orb(b)a

Cite this: eDIL s.v. orb(b)a or dil.ie/33941
Last Revised: 2013

Forms: orbbae, n-orpe, n-orbae, orpi, orbu, forba, forbbaid, forbbad, orbbaid, órbaid

n io, n. and m. O.Ir. n s. orbbae, Thes. ii 295.12 ( SP v 11 ). (with art.) a n-orpe , Wb. 27c12 . a n-orbae , Ml. 100c14 . forba n-aniúil, LU 7451 ( BDD 101 b ). g s. ind orpi , Thes. ii 239.17 ( Ardm. 17b1 ). d s. orbu, LU 1220. In Mid.Ir. also forba, a form which ultimately prevails.

In LL treated occas. as d-st.: g s. forbbaid [= forbbad?], LL 172b35 ( CRR 11 ). d s. orbbaid, 222a48 . órbaid, 229b48 ( TTr. 936 ); by Stokes, TTr. Gloss., considered a different word.

A patrimony, heritage (of land), real estate , also used in wider sense of land belonging to an individual, whether inherited or not, or to a tribe, etc.; often = home, native territory . Transl. possessio, Ml. 100c14 . orba .i. ferann, O'Dav. 1317 . orba .i. tir dibaid ┐ sealb .i. feronn athar ┐ senathar, Eg. 88 f. 18a ( O'Curry 2247 ), i.e. land acquired by bequest or death of previous owner? Cf. Laws iv 68.26 Comm. senainm na túaithe forba, Metr. Gl. Ff. 28 (dist. from `fonn' = tricha cét). coro airaimed orba athar (= hereditatem patris sui), Lat. Lives 38.9 . gaire in druith co n-orbo maintenance of the fool who has land, Laws i 136 y . is mō cach ferann. is ferr gach orbo, Anecd. v 28.2 (glossed .i. fēin). rindarbbad as da chrích ┐ as t'orbba, is acainne ḟuarais crich ┐ ferand ┐ forbba, TBC-LL¹ 5944. ni gaibem forbba nach diles isin bith, Alex. 936. oc gabail orbai ┐ athardha, MacCongl. 113.8 . ro baí munter Patraic oc búain orba dorigensat a Trian C. `reaping a farm which they had made', Trip. 236.1 . roinn forba ┐ fearoinn, AFM iii 650.5 . pl. dodechatar . . . asna forbib ┐ asna ferannaib failet i comaithches Gréc, LL 232a49 ( TTr. 1124 ).

orbba claidib land won by the sword, LL 146b46 ( PRIA iii 544 § 23 ). is orba niadh ro ghabhsat `a champion's heritage', Cóir Anm. 249 ; 'the inheritance of a sister's son' Peritia v 144 (of the Dál nÁraide).

In wider sense: Emain . . . orba laech, LL 21a46 . forba Ulad uili the whole territory of Ulster, TFerbe 748 . críoch- fhorba fhear nÉirionn (i.e. Ireland), Content. xxx 19. ibar Baile becc n-orba little of a possession (?), LL 145b5 = MS. Mat. 476.14 (`of B. of little land'). (fig.?) ro naiscthea for lamaib laech | for breithemnas fer firgóeth | . . . a cuit forba fírinne, LL 376a2 .