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balc

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Forms: bailc

adj o, ā. Later also bailc i.

I stout, strong, sturdy, firm, vigorous, powerful: b.¤ .i. calma no trom, ut est ailidh sidhe aurarsan a cét direch balca (leg. b.¤, ed.) in maic .i. is calma no is trom a inne (sic leg.) in maic ima ndergither é .i. in t-étach. Nó taidlis bo slicht (compd. ?) b.¤ (used adverbially ?) .i. tadall erca isna búaib go calma, O'Dav. 277. bailc .i. mor no calma no tren . . . ciaptar bailc a mbresa, 255 . Cf. Fél. Prol. 74. b.¤ graece balanin .i. grande , O'Mulc. 119. bailc .i. calma, Stowe Gl. 239. b.¤ .i. calma, Lec. Gl. 184. b.¤ .i. trén, neartmhar, no mór, O'Cl. Benedicht, b.¤ áge, Fél. July 11 . tescmart brait bhailc co mbuaidh (brait b.¤ , ed.) `he has saved a prey with stout victory', Blathm. 137. Indrechtach . . . / . . ., bailc baind, Ält. Ir. Dicht. ii 25 (a) . co brāth mbairnech mb.¤ , Bruchst. i 55 § 123. is bēsad na cleithe, is b.¤ oc lār, is caol oc clēit[h]e, Corm. Y 275. fer tailc tuillethan, isé bailc brádorcha, MU² 642. buidhne bailci beoda, CCath. 5367. ba balcc bríge, MacCongl. 69.13 . ben b.¤ , BS 70.z . b.¤ Belltaine / do bheir bláth sugh a sughdhosaib, IGT Decl. ex. 342.

Compar. co mbuidin ba balcu, Fél. Jan. 4 (balcdu, balccu, v.ll.). bailci, TTebe 394 .

II As subst. strength, firmness, vigour: gabsai format, fí fo bailc, ZCP xi 108 § 2. buan in b.¤ , CRR 57.

Compds. With nouns: conid mind cach maige / balccbuile (sic leg. ?) na mbard the strong one of whom the poets sing (?), IT iii 57 § 108. tri balcbemmenda Bodba, TBC-LL¹ 5984. Balcbend gilla A., LL 25078. Nabál . . . / balcbethraid os betha blá, SR 6291. ras gabastar chuci ar a balcbolgán by its stout middle (of a standard), LL 31773 ( TTr. 962 ). cotlud nā longad nī sām lam balcbrain, TBC-I¹ 1215 (rhet.). balcbriathra Bodba, TBC-LL¹ 6056. fiora betha co mbalcbrigh `with strong might', Blathm. 76. sorcha in balcbuaid, Snedg. u. Mac R § 31 . bongos fidh a balcfremaibh, Blathm. 229. ba balc-gent co mbeó-gletin, Metr. Dinds. iv 188.24 . fót co mbalcraind, Metr. Dinds. ii 20.39 . buidnib balcthoir (: altóir), SR 6882. asa mbruintis balcct[h]onna, ACL iii 218 § 6.

With adjj.: athair Bile bailc-dremhain, Leb. Gab.(i) 218.24 . ailen . . . balclan do cairibh, Stair Erc. 227. As subst. the full: balclan gelglaici C. i tacmaisi crainn gac[h]a craisigi dibh, CCath. 5307. dias . . . it é damdabcha balcremrai, BDD² 1214. ben balc-thorrach, Metr. Dinds. iv 126.36 . buidni balcthruim, LU 10882 (rhet.).

With adjj. derived from nouns: ech . . . balcceimnech balcbéimnech, LU 8667 ( FB 50 ). Balar Balcbemneach, Cóir Anm. 289. tricha bliadan balcbuidnech (sic leg.), MacCarthy 204 § 4 . a balcbullig Brég, LU 8110 ( FB 8 ). [in tarbān] . . . / bailcerblach adircech `strong-tailed', Ériu vii 6.2 .

N

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Forms: nin, n, n, N, n, nn, n, n, nd, nn, nd, nn, nn, rn, rd, n, ln, ll, -nl-, -ll-, n, n, n, N, n

was the fifth letter of the Ogham alphabet, and was called by the name nin ` ash-tree '. It was the last letter of the first aicme or letter-group, of which the first two were beithe (b) and luis (l), hence the whole alphabet was often called beithe-luis-nuin; see Auraic. 976 , 1171 , 2806 , 5505 .

In Irish script n, medial or final (rarely initial) is commonly expressed by a horizontal stroke above the preceding letter.

1. Irish n is of four kinds, according as it is unlenited or lenited, non-palatal or palatal.

N is unlenited in the following cases: when an absolute initial; in the combination sn; in gemination; after r; before a dental (d, t). In these cases, (a) when followed by a non-palatal vowel, it is a dental, produced by pressing the flattened tip of the tongue against the upper teeth, (b) when followed by a palatal one, it approximates to the sound of gn in Ital. ogni, Fr. ivrogne. Unlenited n is ordinarily written nn in medial and final position.

Lenited n, (c) when non-palatal, corresponds to the ordinary European pronunciation of the letter; (d) when palatal, is a weakened form of (b). Cf. IGT Introd. § 8 , where apparently `.n. trom' = unlenited n (ceann, corn, coirndearg) and `.n. séimh' = lenited n. See Pedersen Vgl. Gr. i 152 § 95 , Thurn. Hdb. § 132.

2. In loan-words from Latin, n remains; if final in the Irish derivative it appears unlenited, e.g. mulenn < Lat. molina.

3. O.Ir. nd, medial or final, passes into nn during the Mid. Ir. period; e.g. bendacht (Lat. benedictio), cland (Lat. planta, W. plant), find `white', `hair', gránde `horrible', lend, lind `liquid', mind `diadem', proind (Lat. prandium), rind `point, star' = Mid.Ir. bennacht, clann, finn, gránna, linn, etc. This change occurred early in the case of the art.: np. inda, Thes. ii 47.24 (Philarg.), indá, Wb. 20d5 , beside inna, Thes. ii 247.16 ( Cambr. 38a ); but it is indicated in other occasional spellings in the Glosses, e.g. claínn, Wb. 5b33 ; finnae, gl. pilorum, Ml. 72b16 ; linn, Tur. 109a ; proinn, Wb. 28c20 ; pronn, 31b22 ; rinn (np.), Ml. 145d3 . The spelling nd, though no longer corresponding to the pronunciation, continues in use in Mid.Ir. beside nn, and is somet. substituted for nn in words where the latter is the orig. form; e.g. cend, crand, land, mann, rand for cenn (W. pen), crann (W. pren), lann (< Lat. lamina), mand `manna' (Lat. manna), rann (W. rhan). Occas. final rn appears as rd (prob. a mistake for rnd due to omission of the compendium for n), e.g. ocht ṅdúird, LB 63a28 ( IT i 40.22 ) = nduirn (dorn); cartt, ZCP ii 314 x (=carn).

4. Medial ln is assimilated to ll, a change which begins in the O.Ir. period; e.g. élned `pollution' (as-len-), Wb. 11b9 = eilled, Ml. 22b1 ; dun elled, 92d12 ; part. éilnithe, Wb. 31b29 = eillidi (gs.), Ml. 63a16 ; do fuillned (fo-lín-), Ml. 26c6 = do fuilled, 69b6 ; nud-comálnabadar who shall fulfil it, Ml. 46c20 , beside -comallammar, ib., -comallas(atar), 105a6 (< comlán). Similarly -nl- becomes -ll-: brollach (< bron-lach, cf. bruinne and 1 brú, gs. bronn), fiallach (< fian-lach), tellach `hearth' (cf. 1 teine `fire').

Coming between two other consonants n often falls out, e.g. áildiu (< *áilndiu), superl. of álaind `beautiful'; ní cumgat, 3 pl. pres. of con-icc (3 s. ní cumaing); aisdís, forgaire, frecdairc, scríbdid, variant spellings of aisndís, forngaire, frecndairc, scríbndid. See ZCP v 1.

5. Initial n is occas. prosthetic, due either to orig. eclipsis of an initial vowel, e.g. Dún n-Áis (= Dún Náis, mod. Naas?), Loch Nén, (prob. = Loch nÉn), or to influence of the art.; for prob. exx. see Nairmein, 1 nairne, nangtha, napa, ? 1 nena, noll; the word nuimir (Lat. numerus, O.Ir. umir) is prob. a learned re-formation. Conversely, an initial n may be dropped through being assigned to the art.; cf. es `weasel', 3 úall `cry, wail', úna `famine', with 1 nes(s), 1 núall, núna.

6. N marks nasalization of initial vowels and initial d, g, see Pedersen Vgl. Gr. § 261 fg ., Thurn. Hdb. § 237 , and IGT Introd. § 8.

7. In Mid.Ir. n is oft. used in the formation of adjs. in -ach, -aide, abstract nouns and denom. vbs. on the analogy of forms in -ach, etc. derived from n-stems; such derivations are found beside forms without n; e.g. bendachtnach, bennachtnach(bendacht, gs. -an); bertnaigid `shakes, brandishes', beside bertaigid; créchtnaigid `wounds' (crécht); machtnaigid `wonders', beside machtaigid; mainnechtnach, -naige, beside mainnechtach; mairgnech `lamentation' (mairg); malartnach, -naigid, beside malartach, -aigid; neimnech `venomous', neimnige`virulence' (neim); nemnaige `sanctity' (nem).

tabad

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n cause (?) gurab tú as mó tabhadh na bpíanta dhúinn `que c'était toi la grande cause des maux pour nous,' RC xxiii 20.8 . ? Cf. tádhbhad .i. taidhbhsi, O'Cl.