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2 cair

Cite this: eDIL s.v. 2 cair or dil.ie/7870
Last Revised: 2013

(Lat. quaere, Plummer MS notes, IT ii2 198 n.3 . GOI 289 suggests probability of two different words, that in use (a) from Lat. quaere, that in use (b) from 1 cía and prep. 1 ar, air. Pedersen Vgl. Gr. ii 201 takes as one word c-air with the use in (a) pleonastic) ; also Ériu xliii 6-7 . Somet. also car. coir (gl. quomodo), Wb. 19d10 (a prima manu).

(a) As introductory word before an independent interrogative: c.¤ .i. comaircim no iarfaigim in t-uathad, Laws v 6.5 Comm. gne naill do iarmberla .i. . . . cesc ┐ c.¤ , etc., BB 326a41 . c.¤ insí a meit friscomartatar . . . ? Wb. 5b11 . carcid adaichfer-sa gl. ut quid timebo ? Ml. 68c17 . c.¤ an ccualaidh `I ask: have ye heard ?' Blathm. 5 . c.¤ — cid ara neipinar athgabail ?, Laws i 254.4 , 14 Comm. c.¤ : caiti déis flatha ? Críth G. 320 . c.¤ co berar eneclann . . . ?, Ériu xiii 27.11 . car in cubaid . . . ?, ZCP xiii 266.7 . c.¤ cia rolá . . . ?, iii 43.23 . car cinnas condricfam ?, LL 10410 (TBC).

(b) As interr. particle why ? c.¤ gl. quorsum, Acr. 4a1 ( Thes. ii 1 ) (cf. also Wb. 19d10 cited above). ? coin ata brad comair caich, Thes. i 713.28 `why ? the Judgment is before everyone', Strachan, n. f. , reading cair. c.¤ romleicis-se gl. quare mé dereliquisti ? Ml. 44b10 . c.¤ dait . . . / ro craidhis an tuaith ? Blathm. 94 § 15 . c.¤ rom leigis ?, 239 . c.¤ .i. cinnas, O'Dav. 396 .