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Forms: mine, min, mean, min, min, men

n O.Ir. gender uncertain, g s. mine; later n s. min, f. (perhaps through influence of min `fine, small'). mean f., IGT Dec. § 165. min, § 14.8 . The final is palatal, the vowel written with i (idat), as distinguished from min `small' written with io (iphin), Auraic. 1294 , 4396 .

(a) flour, meal: men (gl. farina), Sg. 51b7 . an m.¤ meiles in muilind, AU 650 = an grán, Hib. Min. 71.7 . longad serba semide | men, mil, Ériu i 138.19 . descaid do chumasc ar in mein, PH 5077. min eornu . . . min cruithnechtai, Laws ii 150.3 Comm. dilse mine melar forfeiture of the meal that is ground, iv 314.14 . dorat do P. inn airmid mini, Trip. 186.9 . min arba quasi minuitur , Corm. Y 901 (sic leg., arba = g s.). Auraic. 1294. co nderna min cruithnechta dibh, Lism. L. 4183. mean is braich, IGT Dec. ex. 2046. an mhin chomhchroitte (= conspersam farinam), TSh. 7753. meil min!, Isaiah xlvii 2. bairille na mine, 1 Kings xvii 14. is furus fuinedh i n-aici na mine (prov.), SG ii 550 , cf. O'Rahilly, Ir. Prov. § 181. Cf. also: o bias ina min `when it is in the state of meal' (of the dye-plant), Laws ii 420.6 = 'na méin, i 190.1 Comm. mean .i. mín (leg. min?), Lec. Gl. 448 (` smooth ' Stokes).

(b) fine powder, dust: dorigni dé min is luaith, SR 5411. dorigne men ocus luaith do Dagan, LB 128a40 . co nderna min ┐ luaith de, Lat. Lives 61.7 ( LB 27a21 ). co ndernta men ┐ luaith dia ballaib, PH 1241. Cf. Acall. 5585 , Lism. L. p. xxi 13 . min chogna d'ól ar fín powdered horn, O'Gr. Cat. 182.17. min gainme, ZCP x 344.2 .