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fernae n = 1 fern: air is i in fern adbur in sceith tucad o
fernae forsin fid ogaim, Auraic. 5538 < BB 309b6 . sail-
yard, mast: dochuaid E. isin f. ¤ siúil do desgin ca erut
uatha go tír CS 12.20 .

5 ? fernaide adj io-iā laech f. ¤ foidmin ` manly ' AU 867 (poem)
(hence (?) fearnaidhe .i. fearrdha, O'Cl.). Perhaps the meaning is girdled (cf. ferenn). Cf. congraim n-an n-eicside foraib ot e ferrnaidi TBC² 2808 . The corresp. reading in TBC is cited s.v. ferdaide. Or is this gen.
of the n.l. Fernach ?

fernóc n ā,f. (<1 fern) an alder-tree: fernog (gl. alnus), Ir.
Gl. 558 . beithe ┐ fernocc BNnÉ 239.29 .

10 féróil adj i (Lat. fēriālis) ferial, pertaining to a holiday: Thes.
ii 34.31 .

ferp n Lat. verpa :F. ¤ Cluche (name of the stone also called
Fál on Tara Hill) Ériu vi 134 ; 142 (De Shíl Chonairi Móir).
Ériu viii 105 .

15 ferr, —de x see maith, and de (di).

fers n u,m. (Lat. versus) n s. in fers Ml 40c16 . d s. asind fers
Sg 111b1 . g s. ind ḟerso 136a2 . ind ferso Ml 103d26 . in
ferso 107c16 . fersa Sg 101a2 . 148b15 . n du. in da fers[s]in
Ml 58a11 . g du. cechtar in da fersa 112d1 . n p. ind fersai
20 40c17 . a p. fersu ib. g p. inna fersae ib. A verse (of Scripture
or poetry): gl. versus Sg 59b17 . dered fersa 101a2 . toisech
ind ḟerso dédenaich 136a2 . f. ¤ a uersu (uersa MS.), O'Mulc.
525 . etir inna cethri fersu fil isint salm Ml 58a11 . ag rīm
fers ZCP ix 173 § 22 . a sailm iar fersaib ┐ linib, Laws v
2524.8 Comm.
See next.

fersa n verse: fersa (gl. versiculus) Ir. Gl. 468 (where ed.
emends to fersán). do ghab P. in fersa: Ne tradas , etc.,
Lism. L. 277 . gach fersa gabus tú díbh BNnÉ 170.11 .
30 do cuir in fersaightheoir fersada ar follamnugud na slainti,
Reg. San. col. xxv .
See fers.

fersad n f. (?) verse: do ḟreagair an ḟersad ... .i. Maria mater
gratiae , Ériu v 92.23 . Probably merely a bad spelling
35for fersa.

fersaigecht n ā,f. (fersa) the making or singing of verses, chanting
psalms or prayers: fersaighecht an tempuil (= chanting
the Divine office ?) ZCP ix 172 § 1 . mairb an domuin ...
fersaighecht lúath is leo is locht ib. § 2 .

40 fersaigtheóir n i versifier: see fersa, last cit.

? fersán n o,m. (dim. of fers) gl. versiculus Ir. Gl. 468 (fersa MS.).

fersat (-ad): x see fertas.

ferscál n o,n. a male person, a man (opp. to banscál a woman):
noléced f. ¤ a bernai chatha do banscáil, TTr.² 1692 . nach
45facaid do bhean ... gnuis ḟirscail ... ┐ nach facaid do mac
gnuis banscaili IT iii 197 - 198 . ni rodḟech ... riam in ng[n]uis
ḟerscali LB 66a34 . na findfad oentaid ḟerscáil PH 2012 .
ni ronig a lama ... iter ḟeraib nā ḟearscalaib ZCP xii 293.15 .
eitir ferscail is banscail, Fl. Earls 176.13 . anmanna a
50fferscal of their male children Hugh Roe² 1.8 (f. 1a) .

fersech adj o-ā strong, forcible (? dexterous is suggested by
Plummer, who took it to be derived from fertas spindle):
urchar fertsech feramail, TTebe 3300 . ro comfergaid co
fersech ┐ co fircruaidh 2517 . rochuir in mē[i]s co fersecha
55(fersech v.l.) fir-ard uada (of throwing the discus) 2475 .
Compar.: fertsecha leis ar ai cantuna ... senchus nad
fenchus, O'D. 3 ( H 3.17, c. 2 - 3 ). Cf. firse.

fersechas n u,m. (fersech) force, power (?): nir gab [feirg] re f. ¤
was never moved to wrath by opposing force (?) TBC 4048
60St = ra ferachas LL. fearr fola[d] feirsi .i. is ferr do neoch
fola[d] lanloigi aige nā firsichus nirt indligthigh .i. ... na
forbuain inndhlighthigh, O'C. 1068 (< H 3.18, p. 440b ) =
ferrsechus O'C. 1756 (< 23 Q 6, 34b ).
Cf. firse.

65 fersen: n f. ¤ .i. feorus, O'Dav. 931 .
See feorus.

? fersige n iā,f. (fersech) force, power (?): [re] feramla ┐ fertsigi
┐ fortressi ceimmi inna hechraide TBC 1341 .

1 fert, fertae n the O.Ir. form was fertae (iā,f.): n s.
70 Fertae Martyrum , Arm. 6b2 ( Thes. ii 260 ). in Ferta , Lat.L.
61 . a d s. du ferti , Arm. 21b2 marg. ( Trip. 356 n.1 ). ad Ferti
Arm. 3b1 ( Thes. ii 259 ). o Ferti Cherpain AU 503 . isind fertai
LU 5266 . hicond ferta Lerga 6311 .(= icond ḟert illercaib
6277 ). g s. Cluana fertae , Fél. Dec. 23 . AU 788 . C. Ferta
75 782 . In Mid. Ir. usually (except in place-names) fert, o, n.
(later m.): n s. feurt, Trip. 317.19 . fert mbecc 138.20 .
g s. feirt AU 862 . firt, Laws iv 214.4 . i Fiurt Sciach TBC
5714 = i Firt S. 5720 . feart (m.) IGT, Decl. § 90 (mixed
decl.; d s. firt, feart; g s. n a p. fearta; g p. feart). A mound
80or tumulus: gl. tumulum ( Eclog. v 42 ) Thes. ii 46.361 .
Esp. a mound over a burial-place , often of great size, hence
common in place-names (freq. folld. by gen. of npr.); the
tumulus of Dowth in Co. Meath is called uam ḟeirt Boadan
AU 862 . Cf. sepelierunt eas ... et fecerunt fossam rotundam
85[in] similitudinem fertae, quia sic faciebant [Scotici] homines
et gentiles. Nobiscum hautem reli[c] uocatu[r], id est
reliquiae, et feurt, Arm. 12b1 ( Trip. 317 ), and (description
of burial-customs:) fert óen-doruis d'ḟir ... f. ¤ co ndib
dorsib for mnai, | ferta cen dorsi drena | for maccu for
ingena, Met. Dinds. iv 152 (quoted by Keat., TSh. 5766 ,
5who explains `fert' as `mion-ráth'; the reading of LL
200b58 substitutes `ráth' for `fert'), from which it appears
that the `fert' was often a chambered tumulus. Hence
by glossators expld. as a burial-place: f. ¤ .i. adnacul, Corm. Y
638 . ferta .i. adnacal, O'Mulc. 523 . f. ¤ .i. ulad cumdachta
10 O'Dav. 961 . feart .i. uagh, O'Cl. In older texts distin-
guished from `lecht' q.v., but later used in general sense
of grave (esp. in poetic usage) and of Christian burial .
rolād ... a gāir guba ┐ a ḟ. ¤ ┐ a lia, Ériu i 121 . adbath F. ¤
andsin. Ro claidead a leacht ┐ ro laigeadh a feart RC
15 xxiv 184.15 . a lecht ┐ a ḟeart a n-aenecht BB 62a2 . ní
fil ... cnoc ... nach f. ¤ ríg LU 2889 . cor clasta a fert 10738 .
clada[i]r a f. ¤ sátir a lia scribthair a ainm n-ogaim 5704 =
TBC² 1230 . adhlaicthear mise san bfeart | ┐ clochtar
ann mo leacht IT 112 145.584 . dentar m'ḟ. ¤ ┐ m'adhnacul,
20 Acall. 6076 . os cenn m'ferta 'san cill, BNnÉ 271.7 . uaigh
nó feart talmhan do dhéanamh go bhfad ┐ go leithead an
chuirp, ... ┐ carn cloch do chor ós a chionn, dá ngairthí
leacht, mar atá feart Mhaothagáin i nUíbh F., TSh. 5756 .
pl. (?) ferta fenned LB 140b55 ( Hog. Nenn. 81 = fertadh
25feineadh, Ferm. 103b , see under fertad). A mound (for
spectators to sit or stand on?) at an `oenach' or assembly:
clad firt (.i. in oenaig) `the ditch of a fair-green' Laws
iv 220.9 ; 22 . denam oenaig (.i. a claide ┐ a ferta) i 156.28 ;
160.1 urba in berna (.i. suidech na Taillten .i. inad da
30cuailli dec) i f. ¤ aireach, v 474.12 ; 476.14 . ro cechladar
fert fōtmaig fo suigiu a taīsich TBC² 3144 . Conchobar ...
is hē desid forsin fert fotmaig 3177 . ro clas fert fodbuigh
dia pubaill ar in ard a mound of sods was dug for [the king's]
tent Anecd. ii 77.10 . A mound or dyke used as a boundary-
35mark: tellach cille tar a f. ¤ (.i. tar firt a mūir no a caisil),
Laws v 210.6 . rath no feart no secib duae (as boundary-
marks) iv 144.16 Comm . do luid tar feart a ced-teallaig
(.i. tar clad in fearaind) 8.18 ; 10.6 . O'Dav. 968 (a cét-
techta). tar ferann in ti eirges as a firt Laws iv 126.15 Comm. as
40a firt .i. as a ferann 42.21 Comm . Cf. feart .i. fearann,
O'Cl. Freq. in place-names, see Hog. Onom. s.v. Fert and
Fertae. Ath da Ḟert TBC 2817 = A. Da Ḟertai (ferta LU)
TBC² 2135 . Damhliac na Ferta AU 1090 . COMPDS. feart-
magh .i. fearannmagh, O'Cl. Cf. also feartlaoidh grave-lay,
45 epitaph in mod. poetry, e.g. Aodhagán Ó Rathaille ITS
iii2 158 .