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55 féta adj io-iā (< féth-da, KM, ZCP xiii 191 . Cf. 3 and 4 féth)
An adj. of uncertain meaning, applied in complimentary
sense both to persons (of either sexs), and things. Of
persons, seems in older lit. to indicate some moral quality;
the orig. sense may be calm, quiet, sedate or of women gentle
60(cf. 3 féth) passing gradually into steady, resolute, capable;
the definition of P. O'C. : féata ` valiant, brave ' is prob. a
late development. tairismig, nibat lúamnaig at hé feta
forhúamnaig SR 4396 (of the Tabernacle choir). fer f. ¤
farsaid findliath LL 267b30 ( MU² 745 , of Sencha m. Ailella
65`pacificator of the host of Ulster'). ra athair f. ¤ firḟíal LL
34a4 = fossad, Ériu iv 98.1 (Rawl.). in comunn f. ¤ fírmaith
(of saints) ZCP x 410.15 = BNnÉ 96 . a eolcha Alban ...
a ṡluagh feuta foltbhuidhe, Todd, Nenn. 272.2 . mná f. ¤
LU 3765 ( SC 34 ). i[n]gen ḟeta ḟial ZCP viii 268.7 . a
70c[h]ethrar f. ¤ finnglan! IT ii2 132.254 . fear fírḟéata Cairbre
Crom, Keat. iii 1165 (poem). fir Breg f. ¤ fir-bunad `the
men of B., a goodly native stock
' Met. Dinds. iv 164.26 .
flaith féig feta foistinech MR 182.7 . As subst.: guidhis
an bhféata bhfoltnaoi | mar bhainchéile TD 1.24 . Of
75external appearance: Fercarthain, ba f. ¤ a drech, Met.
Dinds. iii 76.125 . ins na séimh throighthibh féata (of a
woman's feet), Keat. Poems 314 . Cf. ma ranistais daghōic,
nī gēbad in sirite fri feta TBC² 1264 (hence, perhaps, ni
géba fri feta TBC 861 ). Of things, orig. perhaps to denote
80 fine workmanship (cf. 4 féth), thence of appearance; rarely
of natural objects (in some of the follg. exx. we may have
a different word): carpat forḟairsing feta TBC² 2348 .
gorm-anart ... go stuagaib ... f. ¤ findruini TBC 5336 . cuach
fetta finnaircit, Acall. 1225 . cuach féta 1552n . 4958n .
85 for teisc fíralaind fhetta findairgit, Aisl. MC 61.30 . cathbarr
feta fororda, Aen. 1957 . cuaird ... amal circáill ḟeta (of
Morann's collar) IT iii 190 § 15 . d'fogadaib feta ` heroic
javelins ' CCath. 5443 . uball f. ¤ fírchumra, Aisl. MC 109.4 .
Rarely of an abstr. subst.: is feta in t-airiughadh, is adopra
(= adamra) in rād, Anecd. ii 32 . Oc mac Find f. ¤ a rath
5 LL 205a17 . Adv. adubairt [Ísu] co f. ¤ ` calmly ' PH 2654 .
do innseadar a sgéala ... go féata foisdeanach ML 104.26 .

? fetach adj o-ā sliab Fóta f. ¤ ` smooth ' Met. Dinds. iv 164.4
(leg. fétach? Cf. prec.).

fétacht n ā,f. (féta) calmness, composure(?): fostacht re
10feirg, ┐ fuireach re fogra, ┐ féatacht re fiafraige ` acuteness '
(?) ML 100.22 .

fétachtain n i,f. (late vn. corresp. to 2 ét) fédachtain édach-
tain IGT, Decl. § 148 ; 111 § 60 (cf. § 53 ). acquiring: is
doagbala ... .i. is annsa a ḟetachtain (gl. is dieit), BCrólige § 12
15Comm . featactain acra na ratha `attempt to sue the surety'
Laws v 226.31 Comm. ( ability ?). See étachtain.

fétaid v ā (Mid. Ir. development of -éta, protot. stem of ad-cota
`gets, obtains') is able, can , folld. by vn. expressed or
understood or vn. phr.: in Mid. Ir. most freq. in neg.
20condit. sentences: ni ḟetaim-se beith i n-écmais m'airm
TBC 4093 . Nach fetfa-su ar n-etráin? ar E. Rafetad
[rofetfainn St], for F., 1806 . Mani fetursa sin if I cannot
do so
LU 8087 ( FB 6 ). cach olc as mó rofētat ... iss ed
dogniat LU 2379 . cindas raḟétfamni ón? LL 303a4 ( RC
25 xiii 76 § 79 , rofetfamais v.l.). ni ro fet a n-acallaim LU
3293 ( SC 9 ). do ṡalaig se ainmm Dia in airet doḟét sé LB
245a63 ( PH 7625 ). nar fetus ergi PH 2777 . nar fétustar
forcetul ... airisium innut 8277 . da ḟétair a bascad if thou
canst
LB 244a28 ( PH 7450 ). ni ḟed labhairt YBL 369a6
30(= Dán Dé x 6 ). ro fhétand aīr ┐ molad he can both censure
and praise
Aisl. MC 87.10 . ní ro ḟetsat techt ... ┐ dano ba
mebal leo gia ro ḟettais they would have been ashamed (to go)
even had they been able RC xliii 36.9 . atā mucc ann, ┐ ní
ḟētait coin na daíne ní di cannot do anything to it Acall.
35 2220 (cf. conad feta ni dib nothing could be done with them
Dinds. 142 ). Burcaigh ... do chruinniucchadh an ro ḟédsat
do dhaoinibh FM vi 1884.4 . ní fhéadaim romhar do dhéa-
namh = fodere non valeo TSh. 7546 . féduigh an glan ...
sin d'ithe the clean ... may eat thereof Deut. xii 15 . With
40neg. folld. by cen cannot but ..., cannot help, refrain from ...:
ni ḟetam can a indissin LB 225a34 . In pass. impers. con-
struction (cf. 1 étir): ní fétar in chned ... do lesugud PH
7645 . ni fétar a aittrebad ar imud piast and 8276 . dream
nách bhféadfaidhir d'ḟulong TD 21.12 . ni fetathar ar mad
45rí nad bi ecnaid he who is not a sage cannot be a king Anecd.
v 2.4 (ni fedaigther , Alex. 822 ). féadtar a rádh ... gurab
..., TSh. 585 . is iomdha sompla ... do féadfaidhe do chur
síos there are many examples that could be quoted
8514 . ag daoinibh do féadfaidhe nach cuimhneóchadh
50 who perhaps would not remember 955 . bíodh gurab iomdha
nídh ... do féadfaidhe do bhreugnughadh, Keat. i p. 74 . gé
mór do sgríobhsad úghdair eili ... féadfaidhe nár sgrīobh-
adar it is possible Desid. 8 . fédfuithi gu bfhuileóngadh
Dia ... 3510 . féadfuidhe do bhí uireasbhach 2018 . ní
55fhuiléanga Dia trócaireach, féadfaidhe, do lucht an uilc
... drochbhás d'fhagháil 4428 . A form fiad— also occurs:
nír fhiadsad aonbuille do bhuala ZCP ii 560.6 . gibé ḟiadfas,
O'Bruad. ii 188 . dá bhḟiadainn 242 .

fétaigid v g = fétaid. buiden na fetaigther d'aisnes re ndiáir-
60mide that cannot be numbered LB 187a52 . ni fedaigther
ar mad rig nat bi ecnaid Alex. 822 (see Anecd. v 2 cited
under fétaid).

? fetamain: ind carbad foill fetamoin fionndrúinne ZCP x
284.22 = carpat ... feta findglaine TBC² 2548 . Cf. carput
65feig foduirn fechámail findruine LL 189a2 .

fetamlacus: x see fethamlachas.

? fetan n a bag or sack: fetan[aib] ón [sic leg.? fetanon
MS.], Thes. i 2.23 (gl. marsupiis saccis Gen. xliii 22 ) =
sętanaib Thes. i 1.2 . See 715a . Cf. W. ffetan `a sack' (ffettan,
70 Gen. xlii 27 ).

fetán n o,m. pl. somet. —a, see below (dim. of fet). (a) a hiss
or whistle: v.s. a fhetán néimnech na nathrach PH 8248 .
an tan thogbhas S. a fedán cinn bhraghad `sends forth a
whistle
' ITS v 134y . fear feadán `whistling man' TD
75 34.16 . (b) a pipe or tube: fedán (gl. fistula), Ir. Gl. 46 .
feadán (synon. with duisiol, sumaire), Kirk ( Eg. Gl. 235 ;
re guth do dhuisioll uisgeadh `noise of thy waterspouts'
Ps. xlii 7 ). f. ¤ (tube used for sucking pus from sores), Acall.
7222 . A musical pipe: fedan for a muin, Aen. 173 (= de
80collo fistula pendet Virg. Aen. iii 661 , an interpolation).
fedán fogurbinn, Acall. 1718 . fedan do boí aicci, ┐ fir in
domain do choiteldais ris gemad mor a ngalur 6100 .
Med. (a) in pl. pipes, of the lungs, bronchi: feadain an
sgamain = canna pulmonis Reg. Sláinte 1591 . (b) fistula:
85 deoch ... cum an ḟedain YBL 347a14 . ceirin ... bacas don
cneid dul a fedanaib linnidan, Ir. Texts v 10.20 . do cosg
fola na fedan linnidhan ib. 27 . A pipe for conveying water,
etc.: doróigne ... fetana luaide do chur ... fo thalmain
... ┐ no leicead na husci estibside LB 235a57 . can usce
acht a tairngther a fedánaib o Ghlend Ébrón, Maund. 65 .
5 an t-uisgi teid tri fedanuibh, Ros. Angl. 66y . mur uisge
tre ḟedanuibh, Luc. Fid. 120.13 = O'Hussey T.C. 188 (ḟédán-
aibh). tollaid ... crann suaiti na praisci co raibe ina ḟetan
┐ no doirted in n-im tresan fetan, Fél. 146.25 . Transf. of
a liquid: teora fetana fola spouts of blood D iv 2, 53ra14
10(treated as fem.). (c) a brooch(?) (prob. a penannular
brooch with hollow or cylindrical ring): f. ¤ finduma issin
brat, Acall. 7600 (`hollow pin' Stokes; who adds in Notes:
`hollow fibulas of gold have been found in Ireland').
fedana finduma isna brataib 2441 .