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2 othar , (uthar)

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Forms: uithir, othair

n o, m. (orig. same word as preceding? cf. secondary sense of saethar and of Lat. labor) g s. uithir, othair.

(a) sickness, illness (of the condition, not the disease): carais Senán síor-othar . . . triocha galar ina chorp, ZCP i 64 § 89 . ní gairit m'othur ar m'olc, vi 263 x (said by a penitent sick man, prob. a play on double meaning of word = my recompense follows soon on my wrong-doing). g s. as attrib. ill, sick, wounded : don fir uithir, Laws i 130.12 Comm. dúthracht duini uithir, Ériu iii 104 § 35 (text uncertain). gebe duine othair dhech . . . ticfa slan, Lism. L. 2711. a n-aes uthair their wounded, Cog. 214.29 . fíoch na ndearnann n- othair wounded palms, Dán Dé x 2 (: shuthain, leg. n-uthair). Cf. ó Fothud 'na huthair `from F. on his bed of death', Fianaig. 10 § 7.

In late poetry and heroic lit. occas. in sense wound : go ndeachaidh an tṡleagh . . . a n-othar oslaigthe éagha a gaping, deadly wound, ML 88.21 . othar an áigh `death-wound', Dán Dé xxvi 39 . na créachta fhuair . . . sirim . . . cleith na n-othar soin oruinn that those wounds may be hidden, v 17 .

(b) state of being tended in illness, nursing, sick-attendance : bretha ind óic athgoiti . . . co mbátar oca n-othor lía muintir fessin, LU 1595 = IT ii2 214.44 . do chuinchid ossaid . . . fri othur a créchtnaigthe, TTr. 1227. in Lachlann . . . do dhalladh ┐ a ég a n-uthur a dhallta, AU ii 388.3 = a écc ina othar, AFM iv 466.12 . sé 'na luighi a n-uthur a choissi, AU iii 374.21 .

(c) a sick or wounded man: athgabail huithir (.i. . . . in fir uithir), Laws i 226.24 , 228.13 . d'othraib .i. d'aes lobair, Corm. Y 597. it bāna ind othair filet forsin lar, LU 1502 ( MU 50.30 ). na hothair foracaibset the wounded, Ériu iii 141.209 . a n-uthair, Irish Texts ii 26 § 8 (n p.). gur bho hothar eaga hé (i.e. dying), Ml. 140.13 . In medical texts a patient : curtur an t-othar a n-inadh fuar, Rosa Angl. 60.5 .

(d) exceptionally for otharlige, a grave, cemetery : Oileach . . . Nás . . . Eamhain . . . othair seal na seanchuradh `were once the graves of the old heroes', Content. iv 39. feart is leacht is othar, ib. note.

Compds. ¤beo wounded (but still) living (cf. beo-marb): na hotharbi forfhacabsat Ossairgi . . . rosgegnatar na Desse, Rawl. 132b51 . ¤chless, see ocharchless. ¤lige see otharlige. ¤linn: gur chuir mórán . . . a n-othairlinntibh éaga `sick pools of death', Todd Lect. iv 72.9 (of a battle-field).