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eobarr: n atgaith dom .x. cét muc... .x. fernu .x. eobarr
(.i. barr bís am cenn in rígh), Ériu ii 4.7 (n-eoburu oir,
n-eobarrud v.l.). Marstrander ( Bidrag 28 ) prefers the
reading n-eoburu, which he connects with ON jǫfurr, AS
65 eofor. As the passage is mainly a list of animals the
meaning boar would not be out of place here, but Marstrander
( Bidrag 29 ) suggests boar-helmet (N. galthjelm).

eobrat n a head-dress: eobhrat .i. ceanbhar .i. edach bhíos
ar ceann, O'Cl. `obhrat' ainm do chenbhor, Met. Gl.,
5 Ff. 35 . Marstrander brings it from ON *jǫfurhatt, Bidrag
79 and 30 , Pokorny from AS *eofor-hæt ZCP xiii 120 .

eóchain: xsee fechine and óchaín.

1 eochair, echair n i, k, f. g s. eochrach ZCP v 495.25
(17th cent. MS.). n p. eochracha, Triads 204 . eochrocha,
10 Rev. i 18 . eachracha IGT, Decl. ex. 894 . eochra ZCP
xiii 372.18 . a key: (a) in lit. sense: eochair an
ghlais = clavim Todd Lect. v 14.2 . eochair na cuilne =
clavis coquinae 76.10 . co scrinaib ilardaib...co n-eoch-
raib do erslocud cach ai, Hib. Min. 7.226 (= clavibus
15 89.12 ). bái airecol...hi tóib thige...dobreth dó a echuir
(echair, eochair v.l.); atnoilc, Im. Br. i 53.18 (LU).
a shealbthoir mallachda eochrach ifrind YBL 152b18 .
rodhéchsad for poll na heochrach the keyhole ZCP
v 495.25 = Mart. Don. 254.15 . glass ro hiadad d'eochair
20 ZCP vi 271.12 .
(b) Metaph. clue, solution, explanation, guide, means of
access: ata eochair saingnusta re cach psalm .i. a titul, Hib.
Min. 7.228 . eochair chéille coistecht ... eochair ecna umla
ZCP vi 270 § 1 . tri heochracha aroslicet imráitiu: mescca,
25tairisiu, serc, Triads 204 . seacht seathracha nimhe ar
nemh | eachracha cridhe an Choimdhedh IGT, Decl. ex.
894 . eochracha na hairdríghe key-defences Ir. Monthly
1920, 424 . eochoir leasa `key of profit' GF, Studies
1918, 98 . fíon nach eochair uaille aniugh | fuair
30...aimsior wine which is now no source of elation Gleanings
30 § 7 . Of divination: foillsighthir do triana eochraib écsi
IT i 129.23 . ro iarfacht Conn dond filid ┐ robui side icc
scrūtan co n-écetar a eochra eccsi dou ZCP xiii 372.18 . pn
Of persons: eochair na flatha némdai (of Peter) PH
35 1639 . da eochair gascid Gædel (of two warriors) TBC
3771 (dá euchraid ┐ dá chridiscél thuascirt in betha, of
Castor and Pollux, TTr.² 69 , may belong to this). in
eochair foslaicthe gacha healadna (of Cicero), CCath.
4493 . a eochair bhalsaim cheana Séarluis O key of the
40balsam of Charles's favour
! Ó Bruad. i 54.4 .
Cf. tipra Patraic. Slán a ainm. fufrith and nuuechuir
(nuaechuir v.l.) Patraic `P.'s new key' Trip. 164.4 (a plant-
name ?). COMPD. Eochair-sciath key-shield: Eochair-sgiath
an Aifrinn, title of a work by Keating, rendered `Explana-
45tory Defence of the Mass
' by the editor (1898 ed.). san
seachtmhadh caibidil déag d'Eochair-sgéith an Aifrinn,
TSh. 4460 .

2 eochair n tongue: eochair .i. teanga O'Cl. P.O'C.
The latter adds: `metaph. Because it is the key for un-
50locking the mind
,' perhaps merely a special use of 1
eochair
. eochair thenga thagartha, Met. Gl., Ff. 41 .

3 eochair n`A young plant or sprout in graft, a graft '
P. O'C.

? 4 eochair: nof the rate of eneclann for each grade:
55 cūic ba dēc don deachain des | 'na eneclainn, ní ances |
rosoith can brēig na eochair | dā ba dēc don subdeochain
ZCP ix 171 § 3 . Possibly = 7 eochair; 'na e. ¤ beside him,
moreover (cf. fochair).

5 eochair n one of the lower flanges of the triangular or
60 leaf-shaped spear-head (?): ro gab Aengus in crimall [a spear]
anuas da healchaing ┐ tuc buille di a Cellach cor marbustar
he; cor ben a heochair dar suil Cormaic coro lethchaech hé
┐ ro ben a hurlunn a ndruim rechtaire na T. aca tarraing a
Cellach, Laws iii 82 z ; cf. other versions of the story:
65 og tabairt do an gai a broind an maic taraill in slabrad
(brefe na slabraidi LU. brefne a slabradige H 3.17 ) dar
suil Cormaic...┐ conecmaing a hirland a n-edan an rechtaire,
Anecd. i 16.13 (similarly Ériu iii 136.3 ). atroeraid Oengus
in tsleig triit. bi dano indala slabrad suil ind rig ... in tan
5do sreng in sleig a dochum rodbi fochoir na sleigi triasind
deogbaire, Rawl. 131b31 (where fochoir seems a by-form of
eochair). This passage in Laws iii 82 is apparently referred
to in: eochraib aithre [leg. áithe ?] aithighi, in an
obscure rhetoric on A.'s crime, Laws v 266.8 . Cf. also,
10perhaps: no thorc n-eocraide (a chattel liable to seizure in
certain cases), with gl.: in torc cusna eochraib aithi, cusna
fiaclaib bir-athi .i. muc corusa fine .i. amail eochra aithe a
fiacla v 444.16 Comm.
Cf. (e)ochair-gér under 7 eochair. pn
15Here perhaps: Ailill Ochair Aga LU 22a32 = RC ix
452.4 , where Stokes takes Ochair as g s. and translates `A.
of the edge of battle
,' but the word, whatever its meaning,
is possibly in apposition to Ailill, despite the fact that it
does not alter with the gen. in : mac Ailello Ochair Aga,
20 Anecd. i 51.7 .