brollach

Cite this: eDIL s.v. brollach or dil.ie/6959

Forms: -aige, brollachaib

n o, [n.] (1 brú) pl. -aige.

(a) breast, bosom, chest: cliath, ochd, brothlach, b.¤ , Eg. Gl. 122. frith . . . / i mbrolluch C. . . . / noedenan bec in C.'s arms, LL 17989. a b.¤ sneadach (in abusive expression), IT iii 99 § 165 , Bruchst. i 28 § 62. fa tteanfá le b.¤ mná coigcriche = embrace the bosom, Proverbs v 20. go bhfaileóchdáois . . . a mbrollaighe = their breast, RSClára 74b . i mb.¤ chnis `in . . . mid-chest', O'Gr. Cat. 584.4. Of garments, armour, etc.: dar b.¤ in choṅganchnis ` breast-piece ', TBC-LL² 3350 . dar b.¤ na luirighe, CCath. 5603. hi corthair brollaig inair Oengusa, Dinds. 32. tar b.¤ na bocoidi `through the boss of the buckler', Caithr. CC 16. for bernadaib ┐ brollaig[ib] dó, TBC-LL² 4451 = brollachaib, TBC St. 4312. teora cimsa . . . i mbernadaib ┐ brollaigib dó ` scallops and curves' on a garment, LL 32349 ( TTr. 1538 ). mar tá b.¤ ar hatán ` rent (?)' (Notes), TD 38.7 . Perh. difft. wd. in last three exx. Cf. 1 bronnaid.

Other applications: a thonn bháidhte brollaigh cuain (to Mary), Aithd. D. 97.26 . 'n-a mb.¤ in the van, 16.37 . do lethb. in chatha `at one side of the line', Ériu viii 40.13 . b.¤ oidhche at nightfall (?), H 3.18, 10 marg. sup.

(b) Legal. In Laws Comm. dorn, lám i mb.¤ `hand on the breast', a symbolic (?) gesture appar. used in apprehending a debtor or expelling an outsider: aitire gaibhes gnimu nadma aitire són dobeir laím im b.¤ feicheman co nadhmaim le saigid riasíu ascomra, ZCP xiii 24.12 `der den Schuldner zugleich mit einem `naidm' am Brustlatz packt', Bürgschaft 13 § 42. dorn ina b.¤ `holding him (a vagrant) by the collar', Laws i 128.27 . dorn ina brolluch in or críche, muna ti urruidh fo lan, ┐ da ti, is a ic dosidhe .i. lamh ina b.¤ , ii 88.19 , 20 . dorn i n-a b.¤, ar daigin a astaigthi re fiachaib, v 478. 26 = O'Dav. 1262.

(c) In prep. phrases. ar Banba b.¤ to the forefront of B. (a ruler), SG 334.z . i mb.¤ gacha mórshluaig `at the head of every great host', 100.30 . i ndorus (= a mb.¤, v.l.) ifrinn in front of, BNnÉ 216 § 95 . rena b.¤ beside her (?), 164 § 34 . Note also: i mb.¤ in catha ` outset ', Caithr. Thoirdh. 115. 17 (cf. brolach).