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1 elta n f. n s. ind ealta TBC p. 259 n. 1 (St). an elta
IGT, Decl. § 7 , 8 . an ealta , Dán Dé vi 19 . ealtain, Aen.
55 2981 . LL 394.35 . a s. (f)ri helta LL 110a7 . eltain LB 227b
48 . d s. ealta TD 15.27 . eltain IGT, Decl. § 8 . YBL 85 a
28 . TD 4.43 . g s. na healta 15.21 . na heltan IGT, Decl. § 8 .
TD 40.7 . n p. elta LL 265 a12 . ealtada, Marco P. 186
(see IGT, Decl. § 7 ). eltain IGT, Decl. § 8. ex. 303 . a p. eltae
60[leg. -ai ?] LU 114 a18 = elta, Anecd. iii 53.5 . d p. eltadaib
YBL 85 a27 . CCath. 5000 . g p. eltan IGT, Decl. § 8 . TD
13.5 . eltad, O'Gr. Cat. 487.18 . Marco P. 91 . a flock ,
esp. (a) a bird-flock: elta do gésib TBC 1329.1327 . ealta
do gédaib MR 16.13 . ealta én TBC p. 237 n. 8 . p. 259 n.
651 St (= iall én LL). elta ḟiach (tradna, druiti, chadan,
giugrand) LL 265ax = MU 24.14 . ealta mór cadhan, TSh.
3084 . beridh elta dia gribhuibh lais carries a flight of his
gerfalcons
Marco P. 91 . risna heltadaib do duibenoip,
CCath. 5000 . co ndeiligid ana tri n-eltadaib YBL 85 a27 =
5 fosndailet na teora enlaithi, Ériu ii 128 § 93 . sgéala gach
eóin don ealta (of three birds) TD 15.27 . As a generic
term for birds: no lesaigheadh na cærcha; no shāsadh na
helta, Lism. L. 1232 . san Éirne dá n-éir ealta from which
birds soar
GF, Ir. Monthly 1919, 4 . Dán Dé vi 19 . an
10ealta dan hainm turtoir KMMiscell. 244.10 . (b) a flock or
multitude of any kind of animal: co fagbaind-se a n-eltae
beó-marbae isnaib slébib LU 114 a18 = Anecd. iii 53.5 .
saighet tenedh...ro marb mile chet do doenibh ┐ altaibh
AU 960 . elta bō, Cog. 192.2 . do-ní casaoid ar éag na
15healtan soin (of Mo-Chua's pet cock, mouse, and fly), Keat.
iii 1132 .
Fig. of bands of soldiery , etc.: cruad a ngniomh aobda an
ealtain LL 394.35 . garbh-ṡluaigh...d'ealtain...chloidheamh-
ghlais TD 4.43 . ro lasat ealtadha día n-amhsaibh ettroma
20...allamuigh dia marcachaibh bodies of their light soldiers
Hugh Roe 166.15 (f. 44b) . ealta uasal dá ainglibh, Dán
Dé xvii 18 . iar n-éc a sluaig...'na n-eltaib in multitudes
LL 6 a7 .

2 elta n(< ON hjalt, pl. hjǫlt, `the boss or knob at the
25end of a sword's hilt; also the guard between the hilt and the
blade
.' See Marstrander, Bidrag 77 , 44 ). Usually the guard
between the hilt and the blade; the crosspieces at right
angles to the blade and hilt, apparently always pl. (see
Marstr. l.c.); the Norse pl. is used in ref. to the two
30guards, confining the hand above and below; in Ir. the
upper knob is perhaps distinguished in mul-elta (q.v.), but
elta in one instance clearly means the guard next the
blade; in the others there is nothing to define the location:
sádis C. a chlaideb co ránic conici a elta trisin tech LL
35 268 bx = MU 44 x . claidheamh co n-éltaibh óir BR
146.14 = BB 275 b1 . claidem ...cona eltaib snaidtib
slemonsoilsib do raighnib na lecc lógmar, CCath. 4689 . no
láetis na saignena...a cobradha da sciathaib ┐ a n-elta da
claidhmibh 4779 . bai claideb la S., orduirnn a elta, airgidi
40a fulang, forordha a comet, breachtfaebrach a éo IT iii
199 § 59 . inad elta a claideb TBC 2995 . e. ¤ dét = ON
tannhjǫlt, claideb co n-eltaib dét = tannhjaltat sverd
Marstrander, Bidrag 44 . claidib debennacha co n-eltaib
dét co n-imduirnib airgdidib, TFerbe 4 . coica claideb
45n-órduirn n-intlaisse co n-eltaib dét ecoir óir ┐ argit 35 .
claideb co n-eltaib dét TBC 1718 (= calc ded TBC² 1113 ).
5196 . colga det (.i. claidme co n-eltuibh déd), Ériu ii 3.12
(n. 32) . cloidhiomh...go n-a altaibh do chnáimh eileaphaint,
Todd Lect. iv 80.14 (CRR2). bai claidium Murchaid ar
50na insma, ┐ elta det batar aicci rolegsat re rotesbach
im[b]ualta, Cog. 196.2 .

1 eltach adj o-ā (1 elta) abounding in flocks; bird-haunted:
g s m. aisneis senchais Ailig eltaig, Met. Dinds. iv 100 .
d s f. ós Ḟánuid ealtaigh TD 27.39 . Cf. dlaoi diona an
55achaid altaigh (: Muirchertaigh) LL 394.51 .

2 eltach adj o-ā (2 elta) having hilt guards: ra gabastar
a chlaideb nglasseltach bar a chliu TBC 4603 . claidib
eltacha LL 219 a43 = TTr. 166 .

eltaide adj pale, wan (apparently a form of etlaide, q.v.):
60 ealtaidhe .i. bán, aghaidh ghlasbán ealtaidhe .i. aghaidh
bán, etc. O'Cl. Cf. teist dober Cū Arad ort | tu labor olcc
eltaide edranach IT iii 104 § 202 .

eltanach adj o-ā (1 elta) having flocks, bird-haunted , go
Caol ealtanach Árann the flock-strewn sound of Aran TD
65 17 § 14 .