1 ortha

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Forms: órtha

n n, f. (Lat. oratio, older derivative than oráit) ortha artha [orrtha, árrtha add. H], IGT Dec. § 8.7 . In late lang. also órtha, -st.

A prayer, esp. a formal or memorized one, whether recited or sung:

(a) of Christian worship: a canar dind offriund . . . iter introit ┐ orthana `prayers', Thes. ii 252.14 ( Stowe M. 64b ). Níníne écess doríne in n-orthainn-sse, ii 322.2 ( Hy. iii pref. ). co n-orthonaib (of Tabernacle worship), SR 4323. orda (.i. guide), ZCP v 486.7 (B. na f.). Misereatur ┐c .i. orrtha as gnáth do rádh san absolóid, Mac Aingil 332.12 . ag radh na horrthan so, Parrth. Anma 324.12 . ro gab .l. salm ┐ .l. orthan, Cog. 196.27 . As -st.: an aoine órtha .i. an ched- aoine don corghas, BNnÉ 219 n. 2 . tri caoca salm . . . dá chét orrtha, O'Gr. Cat. 637.25. Of heathen worship: gabaidh .iiii. horthana for cét frisna deibh, Marco P. 170.

(b) an incantation, spell, charm : iptha ┐ éle ┐ arthana, TBC-LL¹ 3638 , cf. 3640 . do chuir orrtha innte do tromugud a codulta put a spell on it (a bed), RC xix 154.5 ( Fier. 136 ). ar n-órtha chodail our sleep-charm, TD 25.7 . sribh . . . 'na orthain d'ḟir ḟiabhrasa, IGT Dec. ex. 1023. im arthan bewitched butter (?), ex. 299 . orthana filidechta (used in healing), O'Gr. Cat. 239.30 . aos órtha `chanters' (of lampoonists), Ó Bruad. ii 138.3 .