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fésta n (late deriv. fr. Lat. festa, prob. through Engl.) a feast,
banquet: feústa (equated with cóisreach, fleadh, bainis)
Kirk ( Eg. Gl. 170 ). roindter an féoil sin orra mar f. ¤ , Maund.
171 . na laithi f. ¤ 153 . lucht féasta feasters Keat. Poems
330 . do rinne Leui féusda mór dhó, Luke v 29 . pl. doníter
5cethri fésta sa bliadain, Maund. 202 . a festadaib móra 194 .
festada, Marco P. 84 . iomad fleadh ┐ féastadh, Keat. iii
2214 . Rarely of a religious festival: festa Sancti Petri ,
Fl. Earls 218z . a ffesta d'festoibh na heguilsi 220.2 .

festae adj io-iā (derivative of fess `scitum,' Thes. i 241 n ; < vn.
10 fess, Ped. ii 523 ) knowing, wise: ind fissid .i. is f. ¤ in trocaire
mór du todlugud (gl. scite ... postulatur) Ml 71a2 .

festid n Cf. fetsed? m. a residuary legatee, heir (?): feistidh no deisti
[cf. nach dilius daghrath desti na flatha, Laws ii 270.16 ]
.i. tiruairsi no comarba fil dia eis in fir mairb, ... ar is cach
15feistidh fiach frisgni marbfolta , O'Dav. 896 (`it would seem
that festid meant, 1. what English lawyers call a personal
representative, and 2. the debts due to the deceased,'
Stokes ad loc. Plummer renders tiruairsi no c. ` what is left
either in the way of things or persons
.' The quot. cach f. ¤ ,
20 etc. is fr. Bretha Nemed: diba cin la cintach maine rag-
baither iar nēcaib ind; ma rogaibther, arsaid aithgin ...
acht is gach festi fiachach frisgni marbfolta do gnimu gua.
quodcuimci ligaveris super terram , etc., O'D. 2225 ). pl.
ni mesech in flaith doniupra a festige the lord is not com-
25petent to defraud his inheritors
ZCP xv 249.1 = Laws ii 212.20
(glossed: na tiruarsi), quoted by O'Dav. 1257 (feistide)
with gl.: feissti .i. tiruairsi.

féstrach n m. a muzzle: féastrach, Kirk ( Eg. Gl. 284 ). ná
cuir f. ¤ leis a ndamh, Deut. xxv 4 .

30 fet ind = Lat. vetus? fortgella nú ┐ fet LU 888 = nu ┐ uet (i.e.
the Old and New Testaments) RC xx 260 ( ACC 66 ).
Cf. fetarlaic.

fet n ā,f. (a) a whistling or hissing sound: is cosmart do rétaib
ind f. ¤ (gl. sibili) Sg 3a7 . issi ... ro airich feit do caismert
35`invented a whistle for signalling' RC xii 96.2 . f. ¤ ... is bēs
dond nathruig, foceird fit frisin n-escmogin ... ┐ doteit
docum na nathrach ... ┐ focerdat ind iascairi fit friusom
condagaibett (of a serpent's hiss and fishermen's decoy
whistle), O'Mulc. 527 . f. ¤ gaīthe soughing Ériu vii 4.21 .
40 Of sound of a sword cleaving the air: is for rīgaib focheird
feit ... [in] dubchenn LU 9673. 1042 ( ZCP iii 214 . Cf.
ACC 101 ). claideb ... co feit co cruas LL 189b10 . rob
imda ann sin fead cloidem re cnaimh CF 732 . Cf. a chlaidh-
emh ... go bḟed RC xxix 128.15 . fed peileir whizz of
45 bullets Rel. Celt. ii 186.39 . Of pipe of birds: a luin ... as
bind bocc síthamail t'ḟ. ¤ LB 36 marg. do gothaibh én amail
atait sdruic ┐ fiaich ┐ feada fosgair, Mackinnon Cat. 28.8 .
Cf. sibela feminae ... in féd fos (sibilus), Ir. Gl. 826 .
caide guth edrom? .i. fedha daoine ┐ gotha én, Ériu xiii
5036.23 (leg. feta?). tri gotha diabhuil....i. fead ┐ gul ┐ eigeamh
BB 34b38 . Fet, Eigheamh ┐ Gol (allegor. npr.) ZCP xiv
408.34 . (b) a pipe used for blowing: im in feit trein tresa
sēiter teni (gl. trefet), Laws i 144.3 Comm. Cf. mod. feadóg
`flute, pipe, plover' and see fetchúisech, —gal, —gaire.

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 .