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fér n o,n. n s. faer Ml 135d8 . a s. fér 90b8 . a fér LU 4733 .
g s. ind feuir Ml 9b8 . ind feúir LU 4735 . ind ḟeóir 9142 .
70 féiuir Sg 68b10 . d s. féor LL 266a31 . d s. feór, g s. feóir IGT.
Decl. § 61 ex. 1471 . n p. féra IT i 190.27 ( FA 30 LB).
Cf. in raeóir (v.l. raifheoir), Met. Dinds. iii 36.35 ( v 131 ).
Grass (gen. of living grass, but occas. of hay and also of
other graminaceous plants): gl. foenum Ml 135d8 ; carex
75 Sg 68b10 . fer .i. arbor (gl. taxos; recte cythiso Edd.) Thes.
ii 47.27 ( Philarg. on Eclog. ix 30 ). luigfér glasfeoir ┐ arbar
small grass (?) LU 8124 ( FB 9 ). ní thíscad a drucht do rind
ind ḟeóir LU 9142 ( FB 88 ). nicon berat a drucht dind ḟéor
LL 266a31 ( MU² 566 ). geltatar dá ech S. a fér cona bun a
80talam LU 4733 . gelair scor ... i ngurt ḟeóir, Met. Dinds.
iii 96.15 . tuctha dá ech D. ... for f. ¤ were turned out to grass
Lat. Lives 15 . āin bō a fer driving cows to grass Laws v
136.6 . bia fo ḟer isin relicc marb LB 204a30 (= bia fóen,
Ériu ii 204.13 ). tuc óenach Tailten a feór, Met. Dinds. iv 160 .
85 amhail fhéar thirim hay (= sicut foenum) TSh. 3798 . ag
buain an fheóir 2644 . na guirt gemhair ... ro ḟaccaibh an
cioth gan ioth gan ḟeor iad `without corn or blade' FM v
1678y . tugadh an talamh féur, Gen. i 11 . a n-inbhear
ḟéir minligh, Ps. xxiii 2 . Used to denote an indef. number:
bit comlín fri f. ¤ Ml 90b8 . bit lir ... fér for faichthi as plentiful
5as grass on a green
BDD 89 . co f. ¤ to the ground: gunaidhi
... sida co f. ¤ umpa silken gowns reaching to the ground ZCP
vi 71.32 ; 62.31 (cf. mod.: ó bhathas go féar from head
to foot
Eoghan Ruadh 501 ). Pl. (in distrib. sense) athnugud
... na fér ┐ na lubi LU 2735 . conna facabtais cid mecnu
10na fér ná lossa hi talam 10560 . féra gera rindaithe FA
30 LB ( IT i 190 ). for feraibh nemhidibh in tire, CCath.
3944 (= in herbas Phars. vi 506 ). Grass-lands, pastures:
eigem do chur indile a feraib, Laws iii 250.19 . do feruib
na comaightech iv 146.9 Comm . Compds. (a) with subst.:
15 féarachadh meadow TD 17.49 . fér-aithgin (sic leg.) com-
pensation ( restitution ) for grass Laws v 466.7 . ¤ brug a
grassy piece of land: f. gabala, Acall. 4179 (cf. ¤ gort).
¤ díguin (sic leg. ? Cf. féis dighuin feoir [leg. —feoir ?] etha-
muin geimreta Laws iv 80.7 ). ` preserved grass ' Laws v 466.4 .
20 ¤ dílse proprietorship of grass iv 128.7 . ¤ gelt, ¤ gleith grazing:
feirgleith, Laws iv 256z . léic na eochu ar férgeilt TBC 1134 .
tucait a n-eich ... d'ḟergeltaib pastures 72 . dith a fergelta
destruction of their pasture Thurn. Zu Ir. Hss. u. Lit. i 42.14 .
fēirgleith (sic leg.), Laws iv 256.30 Comm. ¤ gort a grass
25 field: rochuir ... na eocho hi fergort LU 8514 ( FB 36 ).
g s. ind fergoirt LU 8526 ( FB 38 ). ocht fichit bó do chur i
férghurt gabhála, Acall. 2309 . na crecha do léccean for
a fér-gortaibh FM iv 1220x . ¤ lann grassy tract (?): os
ferlannaib portglana ... in prephir ... talmanta MR 112.10
30(= airlann ?). ¤ lepaid: dál féirleabtha d'inghin couching
on the grass
IGT, Decl. ex. 1113 . ¤ mag a grassy plain:
i férmaig Taillten, Ériu iv 106.2 . (b) with adj., esp. in poetry,
e.g.: ¤ ardd long-grassed: os cloich ḟéraird stone amidst
long grass
(?): Anecd. i 55 . ar bhrú an tighe ḟéaraird
35`amidst rich sward' TD 8.11 . ¤ bán: féarbhán ` fair-
swarded ' TD 17.57 . ¤ chorr: Banba an fhuind fhérchuirr
`of smooth grass' Hy Fiachr. 176 . ¤ dlúth densely grassed:
fonncheltra ... ferdluithi in talman ` close-grassy ' MR
240.7 . ¤ domain long-grassed: fa chlár bhféardhomhain
40na bhFionn TD 32.20 . ¤ glan of bright, glistening grass: g s.
an mhoighe ḟéarghloin TD 4.4 . ¤ glas green-grassed: ar in
faithche férglais, Acall. 6363 . ¤ mín smooth-swarded: um
Thealaigh bhféirmhín na bhF. TD 14.24 . ¤ thlachtmar
having a grassy covering: formna fertlachtmara ...cach
45bruighe grass-clad MR 100.20 . ¤ úaine green-swarded: Inis
Fáil f. verdant ZCP viii 108.29 . go faithche ḟ., Ériu v 174.204 .

fera: n f. ¤ .i. fúrthain, O'Dav. 947 . See feraid.

1 ferach adj o-ā having men: the `iomdhughadh' (adj. in ¤ ach)
of fer IGT, Introd. § 151 . Compar: as fearuighe mé iná
50thú (described as the `pearsa iomurbhádha' of fer) I have
more men
ib.

2 ferach: adj f. ¤ (ferech v.l.) cách co cresine, Tec. Corm. § 31.7 ;
` ferocious ', a deriv. fr. Lat. ferox, Meyer; but perhaps
high-spirited ( < fer), `every man is a blade till he turns to
55religion,' i.e. the `ógláech' becomes later an `athláech cille
.'

férach adj o-ā (fér) grassy, grass-grown: rob f. ¤ ind relec, Lat.
Lives 15 = Trip. 228.15 . co f. ¤ fornocht (of a forsaken `dún')
Met. Dinds. iii 96z . ar in faichthi féraig, Acall. 7104 .
magsliab mór ... cen fraech, isse ferach, slemoin RC x 62.12 .
60 samail fidbad féraigi ZCP v 22§15 .

ferachad n m. increasing in men (?): atá an baile ag fearachad
┐ ag fearughadh (`pearsa oibrighthe' or verbal noun of
fear man) IGT, Introd. § 151 .

ferachas n m. (cf. 1 ferach) virility, manly spirit (?): is gleo
65ferge in f. ¤ TBC 4157 . nir gab feirg re f. ¤ [fersechas St]
4048 (`Mannhaftigheit (?)' Wind.).

feracht n ā, f. the use or exercise (of an implement, industry,
calling) IGT, Decl. § 26 : f. ¤ eich horsemanship ex. 855 .
(the form: ferdhacht eich is proscribed as faulty). ót
70ḟírḟerochd eichsi, ex. 859 . f. ¤ coille outlawry, brigandage (?)
850 . nír chin fer bad ferr ar ḟ. ¤ eich horsemanship FM v
1578.11 . feracht sgéal the office of a story-teller 23 L 17
22bx . feracht dána practice of the poetic art: saoi ḟir dána a
bfocclaim ┐ a bf. ¤ dána ALC ii 332.9 . feracht súl looking
75after, caring: f. ¤ s. an leinimh do beith ag Aonghus, Nat.
MSS. of Scotland III lxxxiv . coimed ┐ f. ¤ s. na seacht laracadh
`charge and keeping' ib. bíd dúlmhar ... i bhfeardhacht
gunnaidhe the use of guns Corp. Astron. 76.14 . feardhacht
tighe husbandry 90.15 . Cf. feras.

80 ferad n u,m. (vn. of feraid). (a) excrements, faeces: ocat ergab-
āil fri fual ┐ fri f. ¤ , Cáin Ad. § 6 . doberdis a bhḟual ┐ a
bhferadh ar an altóir, B. Lism. 108va39 . dermuidid a fual
┐ a feradh do denumh, Ros. Angl. 226x . biadh cengail
feraidh, Ir. Texts v 3.20 . (b) a downpour: gur ḟear firmeint
85fearadh fras, Keat. Poems 1230 .
See ferthain.