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1 elba

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n f. IGT Decl. § 4 . Apparently a transformation of Early Mid. Ir. alma (see alam and albe), which it often replaces in later texts, cf. coimetaiah ealma ┐ indile, TBC-LL¹ 1045 St = alma LL. The vowel change may be due to the influence of 1 elta. A flock, herd, drove (usually of deer, but also of domesticated animals): confaccatar in ealba do aigib eallta, TBC-LL¹ 1317 St (=in n-alma LL. alma n-oss TBC-I¹ 679 ). ocht fichit oss n-allta i n-enealba, 542 St (= i n-óen alaim, TBC-I¹ 196 ). damh ó elbaidh ar íarraidh a stag from the herd IGT, Decl. ex. 339 . le hosnadaibh elbhadh the panting of the deer ex. 156 . do-chonncadar...ealbha ┐ éide ┐ innile a nGleann L., ML 26.17 . nuall a gcon meardha 'sa míolchon | ag cor ealbha a díothrobh dháibh `driving deer from the woods' TD 11.8 . Hackett xxxix 114 . go bhfágbha clár...Teamhra | lomnán d'ealbha is d'ḟaolchonaibh `wild deer and wolves' TD 16.19 (in one MS. ealbha is gl. here by tréda, see footnotes). beiridh bhur dtréda ┐ bhur n-ealbhadha libh, Exodus xii 32 . ealbha na ttarbh = the multitude of the bulls Psalms lxviii 30 . ealbha, búar, speil, tréud, Kirk = Eg. Gl. 255 ( ACL iii 154 ). Fig.: Mac Moire...laogh oighe dar n-ealbha fawn of a doe from our herd (i.e. our kinsman) Dán Dé viii 17 . ealbha láoch a band of warriors Ériu ix 164.1 . ag dáil ḟíneamhna... | ar ríghealbha chláir Chonnacht `royal stags' (i.e. noblemen, warriors) TD 20.59 . damh ríghealbha, 21.32 ; 9.1 .