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Bretain

Cite this: eDIL s.v. Bretain or dil.ie/6755

Forms: Britain, Bhreatain Bheag

pn pl. (Lat. Brittones , see O'Rahilly, EIHM 446f .).

(a) Inhabitants of Britain, British, Britons : Saxain ┐ B. ┐ fir Alban, Anecd. i 13.20 (SCano 441). na B. . . . na mBretan, Corm. 9. C. nam bretan `C. of the Britons', Thes. ii 240.2 ( Ardm. 17b31 ). ro gab Bretnu, ZCP xi 57 § 5. di Bretnaib, Trip. 78.3 . Britain, Auraic. 2537. Later Wales, the Welsh: sluagad mor la Rig Saxan i mBretnaib, Ann. Conn. 1245.5 . itir rig Saxan ┐ rig Breatean, Ann. Inisf. 1282.4 . Note also: do Brethnaib, O'Mulc. 726.

(b) Later as sg. f. (Roman) Britain: Breta Mhór f., IGT Decl. § 152. an B. mór, Maund. 12. do chaomhnadh na Breatan, Keat. i 6 , 11 , 12 . d'argain na Breataine, ii 6126 , an Bhreatain, Keat. ii 892. oiléan na Breatan Móire `the island of Great Britain', 5823 . Wales: Cambria da ngairthear Breatain aniú, Keat. ii 5826. atā an fhairg' ar gach taobh do Bhreatuin, acht amháin an taobh shoir, Leabh. ó Láimhsgr. xii 15.7 . Armorica, da ngairthear anois an Bhreatain Bheag Brittany , Keat. ii 6229. go Breatain na Fraingce da ngoirthear Armorica, 5830 .

Compd. a mBretanmuigh, ZCP xiii 3 § 3.

See Britain.

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