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terc adj o, ā few, scanty, meagre, sparse: terca gl. exigua, Ml
48c30 . tearc .i. beag (B. na f.), ZCP v 484 n. 9 .
I Used attributively: scceolanga terca `a few fugitives,'
FM i 332.10 . adguisiu na tri turcu tercu `the three meagre
65boars
,' Thes. ii 293.4 . pater t. ¤ da cach oclaigh nāim a short
prayer
(?), Ériu ii 229 § 6 . hua menmain t. ¤ `with feeble
mind
,' Ml 118a10 . Of food, etc. scanty, meagre: betha
thearcc, Fél.² cxl Sept. 8 . ba fri fáilti feisibh tercaibh,
ZCP viii 198 § 17 . Of (parts of) the body: an chuid diobh
70aga mbid cuirp thana thearca thin , 23 K 42, 83.1 . Cf. ata
in croiceand tearc cutis rara [est], 87.6 . an tiomghlún tearc
the soft slender knee, Dánta Gr.² 67.23 . Of words: ralabair
P. briathra terca tarbacha `a few profitable words,' TTebe
675 . a bhriathra troma tearca, PBocht 25.33 .
75 II Used predicatively. (a) nita terca som, Ml 92c13 .
bá t. ¤ cach n-adbar dó, LU 11008 . immat buar, t. ¤ ass, SG
80.9 . is t. ¤ bur sluaigh, IT iii 388.10 . nidot terctha m'fhúar-
adhbha, Buile Ṡ. 48.4 . bheith tearc mí gan pinginn im
purs `hard up,' Ó Bruad. iii 6.14 . beathadhuigh állta ... do
80dhénas tearc a nuibhir sibh, Lev. xxvi 22 . atā an naomh-
thacht ... coimhthearc ┐ sin aca ..., Desid. 6453 . With
follg. gen. of respect: an teangaidh nach tearc labhra,
Studies 1934, 433 § 1 c . mná in táiblidh munba t. ¤ lóin,
DDána 119.15 . tearc foirne clár na cruinne, Dán Dé xiv 10 .
85With de: tearc do lacht mé ... | ó thart na sé sealánach,
TD 44.1 .
(b) With copula in various constructions. Most commonly
with follg. n s.: is t. ¤ rí dia rodamain, Met. Dinds. iii 234.2 .
ni t. ¤ do Grecaib fer do dingbala-su, TTr. 1284 . tearc ... |
ní ... nar adhair é, DDána 17.10 . t. ¤ nech do dligh a éra,
5 BNnÉ 279.9 . as tearc duine da tucthar na grasa sin,
BCC 240.30 . With n p.: tearc ingheana a n-ionnshamhoil,
DDána 55.2 . budh tearc caraid ag cath Éirne, Aithd. D.
28.30 . Cf. ba t. ¤ for bith mnai a samail, PH 830 . With
follg. rel. clause: gidh tearc duit-se nar umhluigh, DDána
10 4.8 . tearc do-fhidir few know, Dán Dé iii 26 . as t. ¤ aga
raibhe fis, BNnÉ 291 § 6 . With partitive de and rel. clause:
tearc díobh nach deaghadhbhar, DDána 3.6 . tearc do chách
ód fhleidh leagar, 48.20 . tearc dínn nach daorfadh fínné,
58.1 .
15As adv.: dorat dam Gridhair ... | abaidh Ēirenn is
Alban, | mo beith uaistibh go t. ¤ , ZCP xii 394.12 . as (sic leg.)
fírthearc cuirid uathadh ar na connsainibh ` rarely ' (O'Cl.
on the spelling of O. Ir.), RC iv 355.14 .
Compar. and superl.: ind ti dib dana teirci in cenel
20indile sin who had fewest of that species of stock, Laws iii
464.6 =intí [dib] ... is terci [in] cenel innili [sin], O'Dav.
484. teirce a-cách an creideamh cóir, DDána 57.1 . an
uair ... | is teirce atá dhá iarraidh `when fewest are seeking
it
,' TD 31.16 . tír ina teirce tonna `where waves are gentlest,'
25 28.33 . na tolcha as teirce sreabha | na linnte as lia éigneadha
whose streams are shallowest (?), DDána 100.4 . ní teirce
cách na crecha `no less numerous than the entire population
will the preyings be
,' Caithr. Thoirdh. 48.19 . nir teirce an
tred rea nairemh (after the giving of seven sheep to the
30poor), BNnÉ 149.33 .
Compds. ¤ bóllach: do leas turba an tearcbhóllaigh
`who repaired all the loss of the cattle-pen wasted,' Ó Bruad.
i 198.6 . ¤ cuid: for terccuidib .i. for proind bic, Fél.² cxl
Sept. 8 . lear dhainid sinn i dtearcuid bídh, Ó Bruad. iii
35226 . ? ¤ lí: hi certrī no rainte adíu | nín bo therclī toillte
tnu, BB 45a19 . ¤ menmae: derchaineth co terc-menmain
hi timnaib de `despair along with inattention to the commands
of God
,' Ériu vii 172.12 . ¤ menmnach: co nábtís tercmen-
mnaig dispirited , TTr.² 1026 . ¤ múinte: do thuaith-
40chliaraibh tura tearc-mhúinte ill-mannered , TSh. 2292 .
¤ ól: táir-bhiadh ┐ tearc-ól `scarcity of drink,' 2262 . ¤ phit:
for t. on meagre rations, Fél. Sept. 8 . nícon tercphít,
Immrama 66 § 122 (=tercbít, Anecd. i 64 ). ¤ threb: iadad
for terctrebaib (sic leg.), Laws i 102.25 , .i. is na trebaib
45ata terca duine, 104.20 Comm.

tercacht n ā, f. (terc) scarcity: t. ¤ an fhiona as tir uile, L. Chl.
Suibhne 46.13 . deroilecht ┐ t. ¤ na spirut, Rosa Ang. 248.x .
o thearcact an adhbair, 23 P 10³, 5a11 .

tercae, teirce n iā, f. (terc) scarcity, fewness, lack: ar thercai
50inna n-ane ndomundae leu, Ml 56d14 . ar tercai orbai dún
`for the scantiness of our heritage,' 102a3 . dodechaid tercca
bíd ann ara nimmed, Thes. ii 298.17 . fer ro scríb cen
tercai | cáinscéla, Fél. May 6 . Iudas iar ṅDia ce[n] terce (?),
SR 2995 . ? ni tercca, ni imscarat | co ti leth lathi in
55domnaig, 8035 . fri foimtin terci `as a precaution against
scarcity
,' Mon. Tall. 132.15 . terci ┐ esbuid ... cech uilcc,
PH 4360 . trí gáire | bít ann cen úair do therca ` unfailingly ',
Met. Dinds. iv 368.10 . i terce tíre `for want of land,' Todd
Nenn. 222.5 . atchota terca leire, LL 345c9 = terci, Anecd.
60 iii 12.3 . terca na tarad scarcity of fruits, Ériu v 24.8 . is
amlaidh sin na muiti ni tat nemfogair acht ar terci a bfogair
inntib nama the mutes are not soundless but (are so called)
from their lack of resonance, Auraic. 2942 . airnin arding
defidh .i. ding fil and is teirce feuda fodera ... co nach fidh
65acht is taebomna (of words ending in -nn, where the
diphthong is expressed by a consonant and not by a second
vowel? Cf. tendad), 3662 . ni bái ... do maithius sáegallu
i terci do, RC xxvii 260 § 2 . i terca bíd, Aisl. MC 113.2 .
tearca n-etha, FM ii 694.9 . bui i tercu dogres roime sin
70`in poverty,' Lism. L. 1489 . biaid terci ar blechtaib na
mbuar, LB 78 marg. sup. a d[t]eirci re tachar their lack of
numbers for battle
, TTebe 1002 . a haibhne i dteirce torchar
have run low, DDána 73.5 . bean dá thaobh i dteirce cadail
`can scarcely sleep,' TD 29.37 . gan teirce a bhfonn 'na
75ndáil with their desires amply satisfied, Oss. iv 140.x . le
tearcad daoine, Gadelica 130.685 . re terc[i] dílegtha `with
defective digestion
,' O'Gr. Cat. 266.3.

tercaigid v g (terc) becomes scarce, diminishes, decreases:
do thercaig uisge an locha, SG 7.26 . ro cuir mór laech fa
80lechtaib | ro tercaigh mísi a talmain, Acall. 4028 . cur
tercaighsett a seitrigthe gleaca `his strong struggles grew
rare
,' CCath. 2955.
Vn. tercugad: rogab torad t. ¤ , ZCP vii 309.11 . a lucht
tighe ar dtearcachadh, DDána 23.5 . Trans. a nert do
85tercugud, TTebe 3818 . ag imdughad na n-écht ┐ ag ter-
cughadh na tromescarad, Caithr. Thoirdh. 115.24 .