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3 ferb n a, f. (<Lat. verbum; the Ir. gender may be due to
influence of bríathar) a word (poet.): `ferbb' briathar,
ut est: ro fess is fas fenechas i condeilg ferbb ṅDe ACC
52 (Rawl). Corm. Y 584 . ferb ... a verbo .i. uerbum, ut
5dicitur: ... a fir ... gnath ferb is olcc dart belaib ACC 52 .
fearb .i. briathar, O'Cl. Lec. Gl. 157 . briathar ferbh a hainm
(sic leg.) Met. Gl., Ff. 14 . fearb .i. briathor KZ xxiii 83.2 .
a s. faig feirb fithir `the teacher said the word' ACC § 52
( LU. 785 ). g s. bat comaltach ferbbai fri n-oithib `fulfil the
10word given on oath
' Ériu viii 173.15 . pl. ni saigh rí ní frisna
haigither act cia thochmustar fri ferbaib file ..., Ériu xiii
13.27 (= fri ferba filed .i. ... asa briathraibh, O'Dav. 1550 ).
cf. a A. ara ḟessear marfodhla fearba fileadh feid thou shouldst
know the great divisions of the words of poets
IT iii 50 = Ériu
15 xiii 25.17 . tola fearba filed (.i. imat briathar filit ogam)
ZCP xvii 269.1 . na ferba filed-sa, inand són ┐ na breath-
focla briathar MR 126.18 . amail rochuala D. na ferba
follscaidhe-si do rādh, Anecd. ii 72.1 . dar fearba fis 68.5 .
credis ... ferpo Finn RC xi 129.9 . mad iar ferbaib firamraib
20berlai ... nó is fas fénechas ic ferbaib Dé LU 788 ( ACC 52 ).
fria ferbaib Athairni RC xxiv 280.16 . Cf. secht ṁbenna
buana, búaid f. ¤ , | forsin chaindelbrau cruanderg SR 4341
(glory of words? but possibly = 1 ferb, the `benna' of the
candlestick suggesting horns of cattle).
25Compd.: fer ferbglan pure of word Dinds. 160 .

? 1 ferbach: ind (ref. to sounds and sights produced by magic:)
ní fuil acht ferbacha bréigi ann so, Comp. ConC. 89.14 .

2 ferbach adj o-ā having cows (?) (1 ferb): meic Aodha Uair-
iodhnaigh fhearbaigh, Cl.AB 276.113 .

30 ferbán n o,m. name of a plant: ` crowfoot ' Hog. Luibhl. p. 89 .
gl. asperum Arch. i 335.80 ; airon spervina 334.52 . fearban
.i. gillcach ib. 44 . fearban gl. pes corvi 23 K 42, 389.7 .

ferbóc n ā, f. a doe: ferbog (gl. capreola), Ir. Gl. 205 . ferbóg
ard, Ir. Texts i 28 § 25 . In n.l.: Loch na Fearboige, O'C.
35 1144 (< H 3.18, 455 ). Cf. 1 ferb, and erp.

ferbolg n o,m. lit. `man-bag' a bag; satchel, or pouch (for
chess-men?): fidchell ... clár n-argit ┐ fir óir ... ┐ ferbolg
di figi rond crédumae LU 10808 . f. ¤ fichilli D iv 2, 63rb47 .
Of a physician's bag: f. ¤ fo coim gach fir TBC 5498 St.
40 a coimeta leghis, as iat na ferbolga 5509 St. (hence,
apparently: fearbholga .i. máilíneadha little bags O'Cl.)
A sheath? claidbi órduirn ... bar a cressaib, go ferbolgaib
argit TBC 4397 = claideb ōrduirn foa choim cech ḟir, ferbolc
impu cotici a ndī aithircc TBC² 2852 (fearbholga .i. brísde,
45O'Cl., may be due to a misunderstanding of the latter ex.).
cloidhmhe ... co bferbolccaibh leó TBC 5517 St. (hence,
apparently: fearbholga .i. trúaille; cloidhmhe go bfear
bholgaibh .i. go dtruaillibh, O'Cl.).

ferc, ferc- x see ferg, ferg-.

50 ferchonta adj io-iā (ferchú) manwolflike, fierce, valorous: borb-
sluag f. ¤ ` dog-like ' MR 194.12 . cach ionga ... f. ¤ bhí ar
cach mér díob ` brutish ' SG 307.4 . ingne ... ferconta, Caithr.
Thoirdh. 104.30 . ro ionnsaigh ... go fraochda f. ¤ FM vi 2318.2 .
cenél n-uasal bferchonta Fermaic, Caithr. Thoirdh. 8.18 .

55 ferchú n n,m. (a corruption of O.Ir. árchú `blood-hound'
through influence of fer? cf. ceathrar farchon ag buan-
choimhead ann, in a late version of Longas mac nUislenn
ZCP ii 144.31 . g p. na mborb ffarchon 148.22 ) a male hound,
a savage hound: in ferchu RC xliii 98.7 . doroine da ṡaigh
60┐ ḟercoin 96.3 . lēigen fercon dā héill letting slip a hound
ZCP xiv 240.13 . n du. da ferchoin ZCP vi 31.12 . Transf.
of a warrior: re feirg bhfearchon TD 6.12 . As npr. m.
LU 6701 . TBC 2893 . g s. Ferchon 2914 .

ferchubat n o,n. a man's length (? a cubit); later influenced
65probably by loan-word cubat <Lat. cubitus. fercumat
LU 5858 ( TBC² 1388 ). ferchubat fir i talmain TBC 6155 =
comhḟad fir, Add. co ndechaid in roth f. ¤ hitalmain LU 8852
( FB 64 ). fercubat isind adnucol (= cubitus de terra super
corpus) Lat. Lives 19 = fercubat fir, Trip. 252.28 . pl. co
70ndechatar secht ferchubat di senamain in tige i talmain
LU 8377 ( FB 25 ). inna-airdde ... secht ferchubait (= sex
cubitorum 1 Reg. 17.4 ).

ferchuitred n o,n. (?) ` proportion (?), complement (?) of men';
explained as a group of three men having some common
75bond or affinity:
fearchuidreadh .i. fearchoimthrítheach
.i. beith na mbuidhnibh tríair, O'Cl. (but cf. cuitriud)
fercuidred fer nEreand inso cach triar TBC² 3520 (following
a list of warrior-triads, each of men bearing the same
name). tancadar in[n]a ferchuidreda 3534 . Ferchuitred
80Medba `Meadb's husband-allowance' (title of a story) Ériu ii
174 n . Anecd. v 17 . See follg.

ferchuitredach n o,m. a member of a `ferchuitred': n p.
ferchutredaig ḟer ṅhErend TBC 6092 (fir chuidrigh, fer-
cuidrigh v.l.). 5878 . g p. anmand na ferchutredach 5882 =
85 na bfer ccuidrigh, St. maidid for Meidb ... ┐ nos berat na
ferchutredaig ass hí iar sin amal bá bés dóib, TFerbe 738 .