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1 formna n io,m. d s. formnu LU 6924 ( BDD 54 ). LU 9762 . LL
282b33 . a p. formnu SR 3992 . formnae LU 6863 ( BDD
35 44 ). formnai, Gild. Lor. 161 . Acc. to Zimmer ZCP i 92
from formuin `upper back'. In texts the distinction between
sing. and pl. is often obscured by later spelling. n p. form-
nada is found in late texts (BB, MR).
(a) in lit. sense shoulder, shoulders: na formnai , gl.
40 humeros Gild. Lor. 161 . gen scieth ... for a formnai RC
xii 96 § 127 . samalta ┐ orsnáth cach finna ... dara formna
síar LU 6546 . claideb ... iarna formnu a ... sword hanging
from his shoulder
TBC² 3203 = c. iarna formna; formnai
3276 ; 3287 (= c. bara chliu; iarna thaebdruimm TBC
45 5340 , 5389 ). seissiur ingen ... ┐ tuignech futairli forro go
f. ¤ a ngualann, Acall. 5028 . da gilla ... ┐ tuighnech ... forro
co formnaib a ngualann 3745 . ar righthibh a[r] formnaibh
fer ronruccadh isin righthegh ZCP viii 219z . togaibh G.,
... ┐ cunnaibh re t'ucht ... ┐ re t'[ḟ]ormna vi 27.21 . snigis
50tromṡnechta ... cor ránic co formnu fer MU² 307 ( LL
264a33 ). co roiched fuil formnada fer BB 420a50 . go
n-éirghe fuil ósna formnaibh TD 16.67 . ic brudh a form-
nadh ┐ a cloiccend, CCath. 5758 . atchuala C. fúaim ind
usci fri formnaib in miled RC xiv 422 § 41 ( LL 110b36 ).
55Of animals: toccbais bleidhmíl ... a fh. ¤ a n-airde uas trethan
na ttonn back BNnÉ 61 § 83 (of the `fish-island' cf. b).
da natraigh ... ┐ a formnada ┐ a cind a n-airde, Aen. 487 .
(b) transf. back, surface, of land, etc. and esp. of the open
sea: Arand ... tadall fairge re a f. ¤ , Acall. 340 . f. ¤ cacha
60fuinn MR 100.16 . formna fērtlachtmara ... cacha bruighe
100 z . anmanda ... for a f. ¤ (of an island), Anecd. i 53 § 23 .
ráncatár formnae na fairgge LU 6863 ( BDD 44 ). co mbátár
for formnu na fairrce LU 6924 ( BDD 54 ). o ro siachtatar f. ¤
na farge LL 283a18 . co ra leth ... dar f. ¤ na fairggi (of a
65mist) LL 235b35 ( TTr. 1394 ). sochtsat for f. ¤ na fírfairge,
Met. Dinds. ii 26.16 . Cf. ... a dondúathróic ndondlethair
ndegsúata do f. ¤ cethri ndamseched LU 6422 = TBC 2561
(`Schulter' Wind.).
(c) top, highest part, extremity (possibly: ... formni
70gil, Thes. ii 292.11 comes here, but cf. LU 3036 , under
d below); co féice ┐ co f. ¤ na bruidne SG 178.4 (om. Laud,
Acall. 3799 ). o ṡiothbaca a ṡāl co f. ¤ a chean[n]mhullaig
MR 260.5 . ro thormaighetar na toirthe co nach fuilngitis
formnada forghablanna fiodhbaidh fothaib so that the
75branching tree-tops could no longer support their weight
(?)
100.17 . Laignig ... i costad in catha sin | na formnaib
na iarculaib in van and rear 188.13 .
(d) fig. apex, climax, perfection: cléthe .i. f. ¤ nó int art
fine .i. intí is airdi don fine ut est ... co clethi fine ... .i.
80co f. ¤ na fine, O'Dav. 486 . Aed mac Fidaig f. ¤ nert ZCP
iii 262.15 . is rí Fiachna f. ¤ gil LU 3036 = SG 235 (perhaps
in lit. sense, cf. Thes. ii 292 cited at beginning of c above).
f. ¤ síne samraidh, Snedgus u. Mac R. 11 § 39 . diamad ḟer
i f. ¤ [fornna MS.] a aíse the prime of life TTr.² 1500 . luid
85dar f. ¤ lái acht súail `it has almost passed the shoulder of the
day
' (i.e. mid-day ?) RC xiv 414.10 ( LL 109b19 ). iar ndul
... i f. ¤ a feasa ... ┐ i muinighin a dea ┐ a eolusa RC xliii 48 §
46 , cf. condighsedh i formnai a dhána `apex (?) of his art',
Lism.L. 2303 (see Keat. ii 5446 ff ).
(e) Folld. by part. gen. the choice, the best part, occas.
5passing into sense the greater part (cf. forglu, sect. c): slech-
tais L. ... co formnu fer nErend do P., LU 9762 . boí ...
día farsingi in tige i tallastár f. ¤ lāth ngaile in chōicid 8739
( FB 55 ). f. ¤ flathi fer nErend LU 9741 ( RC vi 164 ). .xxx. láech
de formnu sluaíg na cathrach LL 282b33 . f. ¤ bó fer ┐ ech
10 TBC 4194 . co ffargaibhset f. ¤ a ngregha FM ii 738.4 . In
pl.: Conaire ... co formnaib fer nErend n-imbi LU 6915
( BDD 52 ). So in chevilles: nir línaib fer, formnaib snas
SR 5633 . batar ḟlaithi formnaib sell | for .u. coicedaib
Herenn, Rawl. 156b36 . formnaib dāl ib. 43 . f. ¤ .i. imat
15 ut est f. ¤ taircetail, H 3. 18. 653 (cf. ... dicetul faidhe f. ¤
tairceta, O'Dav. 817 ). f. ¤ .i. imad no forgla ut est ... form-
naib ech n-allmuire, O'Dav. 927 . ? slog find forderg formnib
ech LU 3866 ( SC 38 , `for multitudes of horses', Leahy i
182 ).
20 in muir mor ... ro dáil rí grene ... for formnu féne Forainn
SR 3992 may belong to this but sense (a) would suit both
passages.
(f) f. ¤ casbairdne name of a metre IT iii 89 § 118 .

2 formna n (legal term) proof, evidence: f. ¤ .i. imdenam ut
25est ni tithitsig [leg. tithis-siu] formsa f. ¤ fola fordhorcha .i.
ni dingne fortach formsa do thabairt ḟirmhaíne dó ina fuil
dorcha, O'C. 1475 ( H 3. 18, p. 653b ) = f. ¤ .i. imdenum ut
est ni tithisiu formsa f. ¤ fola fordorcha, etc., H 3. 18, 51b
(= O'Dav. 1588 ).

30 3 formna ? n turchlu a suainemnad seol f. ¤ (.i. ini doberar
don ti atci in luing fo seol ina forum) `a moving sail' Laws
v 298.12 ; 300.20 ; quoted by O'Dav. 959 with reading:
forma (= g s. of foram) which is prob. right. Both in Laws
v l.c . and O'Dav. s.f. ¤ is treated as a separate item, but
35this makes eight `burdens' instead of the seven announced.

formnaide n io,m. (< 1 formna) something worn or fastened
to the shoulders; an ephod (= super-humerale Vulg. Exod.
xxviii 4 ): cosin erread nÁróndai .i. a cochall ... cona form-
naidiu lán di cech cenel leag lógmar, Alex. 82 (= forormna
40 BB 489az ).

for-moinethar v envies: Pres. 3 s. formuinethar (gl. fascinat
Ecl. iii 103 ) Thes. ii 46.10 . 3 pl. for dob moinetar (gl.
aemulantur vobis) Wb 19d27 . pret. 3 pl. a formenatar (gl.
invidentes) Ml 17b16 (cf. Matt. xxi 15 ).
45 Vn. format, q.v.

formolad n u,m. (a) praising; praise, eulogy: oc f. ¤ a atharda
budessin LB 134a27 ( Todd Lect. vi p. 41 ). ro ráid C. in f. ¤
bec so (of a stanza follg.) Acall. 114 . bíd mná timcheall an
mhairbh ag tabhairt teasta ┐ formolta air (of Connacht
50funeral customs) TSh. 5719 . pl. inna formolta LU 4831 =
formolta Con Chulaind TBC² 360 . formolta fása ... na filed
panegyrics MR 190.4 .
(b) in gramm. the superlative degree: superlait lasin
Laitneoir .i. ... formoladh lasin filidh, Auraic. 645 .
55(c) in prosody, f. ¤ filed augmentation, techn. term for
addition of a syllable to the end of a word: ní dechned ...
tormach sillaibe, acht is f. ¤ filed RC xx 150 (where exx.
given are: `gannón annón,' where -ón is suffixed to `gann,
ann'). feron a formoladh (declension of fer), Auraic. 1793 .
60 Cruithnechán ..., án .i. tormach sillaéibhe (.i. formoladh)
tucadh fair, Cóir Anm. 52 .

formór n = airmór, urmór the greater part: a fformhōr na
Cristaighechtae, Fl. Earls 28.3 . na poipleacha d'formhor
for the most part 126.21 . ? mairid a muigi go formhar,
65 Ériu x 84 § 72 .

formórach adj o-ā (formór): go formhórach ` especially '
Maguires of F. 25.1 .

formtech adj o-ā (format) envious , with FRI (rarely DO) of
pers.; IMM or FRI of thing: foirmtech (gl. invidus) Ir. Gl.
70 602 . ciniud f. ¤ miscnech PH 2819 . ind formdig, in gúbreth-
aig SR 8337 (= na forimthigh RC xxviii 318.4 ). na formtigh
... fogēbat bās, Ériu iii 30 § 8 . ar foirmdechaib acnid,
Trip. 50.15 (= ar irnechtaib a. Hy vii 45 , Thes. ii 356.18 ).
niptís formtig caemnai neich `they would not envy anyone's
75cheer
' RC xiii 393 ( LL 273a22 ). ni foirmtech frimm Pangur
B., Thes. ii 293.17 . ba f. ¤ Diabul ... fri Adam SR 1105 .
ba f. ¤ Cobthach fri Laegaire im rige Herenn ZCP iii 2 § 1
( LL 269a ). frismbiat formdig ardrígna IT i 69.18 ( LL
259b40 ). batar formtig ... doíne dóib LL 160b13 = foirmdig,
80 Dinds. 15 .

formtha: x see forbbaid.

formtigid v g (formtech). envies , with acc. or FRI of person,
also abs.; IMM of thing: cor ḟormtig Eber D., LL 12b23
(= goro ḟoimthidh BB 39b2 ). in ferand ma ro formtig a
85brathair LL 12b31 (= imar ḟoirmthigh ... BB 39b14 ; ima
ro formtigh fria brathair, Leb. Gab. i 250 ). ro ḟoirmdechsat
re Q. ara ḟeabhus, Lism.L. 4472 . ni formtig (= non aemu-
latur 1 Cor. xiii 4 ) PH 5917 . ro formdigestár alaile ...
ócláech friss LU 1672 ( RC ix 454 ). roformtig ... Lucifer
fri hAdam LB 110ay ( Mac Carthy 48 ). roḟoirmtigh C.
5fri L., Cóir Anm. 93 .