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cethair

Cite this: eDIL s.v. cethair or dil.ie/8908
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Forms: ceithre, cethra, cheithre, cheathra

num. adj. four . On distinction of gender see Auraic. 4704 ff. M. and n. nom. c.¤ tóraic, Críth G. 530 . ┐ che(i)thir méich mracha, 139 . cethir cinid, Ériu xvi 182 § 31 . cethir chét (chet, cet, MSS.), Fél. Sept. 1 . cetir h-oll-choigid Erenn, Celt. Rev. iv 120.3 . a cheithir maic side, ZCP viii 312.5 . Accus. (see GOI 246 ): etir inna cethri fersu, Ml. 58a11 . na ceithri raithiu, Blathm. 226 . Gen. delba na cethra n-anmande, Ériu xxiii 32 . co n-airchai cethre traige[d] ndeec, Críth G. 135 . ceithri ndam, BDD² 814 . carpat cethri secht cumal, LL 10072 (TBC). Dat. cona ceitri primhblasaibh, Blathm. 85 . Fem. nom. cet[h]oir flathæ, ZCP iii 453.16 . cet[h]oir trebairi (cetheoire, v.l.), 1 . cetheoir baí, Críth G. 389 . cetheoira aicsin, Ml. 118d10 (intermediate spelling, GOI 242 ). cetheoræ crosfigell laisim `he uses four cross vigils' (with sg. noun ?), Mon. Tall. 138.5 . cethora primfodla, IT iii 6.4 . cethora ōa, RC xxiv 143.16 . Accus. hi cetheora flescæ, ZCP iii 460 n.20 . dicoissin cetheora déisi, Críth G. 321 . for cethora benna na gabla, LU 4799 (TBC). cethēora flathi, ZCP xi 86 § 44 . fó chethéor arda = per totum circuitum, Trip.² 565 (cf. cetharaird). Gen. áes cetheora mblíadnae, Críth G. 34 . mithissi cetheora n-var fichet, RC xi 450.1 . Dat. clár findruine and co cetheoraib auaib, TBFr. 91 . co cetheora ngem, Acall. 4958 v.l.

After the O. Ir. period the form ceithri is used for all genders and cases: ceithri bliadna fichet, Anecd. i 5.22 (scribal expansion of .iu. for ceitheóra, SCano p. x). cetri gnuse, Hib. Min. 3.78 . cet[h]ri dorais, ZCP viii 108.13 . cethri coicid herenn, RC iii 179.3 . ceithre catha, ML² 2086 . ceartchosair ceithri ṅdrong, BDD² 811 . do seichedaib ceithri tarb, TTebe 1484 . foreand na cethri long fichet, Mer. Uil.² 173 . dina ceithri sráitib, BDD² 154 . baei C. a ceithri cairpthig i 1Lifiu, 127 . Also cethra: cetra .l. cen miri, LU 3983 ( SCC 45 ). na cethra meic, BLism. 77d37 . cetra lá, Acall. 775 (cetri, v.l., Murphy Lyrics p. 142 ). cethra scribaill fichet, Airne F. 358 . ceathra: leathna, DDána 65.6 . ( ceithre : beirthe, 34.22 ). ceard na gceathra ndúl, 5.31 . ar cheathra hairdibh an domhain, TSh. 17 ( ar na ceithre hairdibh, 26 ).

Initial of ceithre cethra usually lenited in late MSS., see DDána, TSh., Párl. na mB.: ar na cheithre súbháilcibh, Párl. na mB. 2015 ( ceithre, TSh. 26 cited above). For treatment of follg. initial in later lang. cf. an focal nach bí d'uathadh ┐ d'iollradh, lom as cóir a ainm iollraidh a ndíaigh cheithir ┐ cheathair, IGT Introd. § 18 (see Bard. Synt. Tr. 183 ) i.e. when folld. by noun with form of ns. cheithre and cheathra do not affect a follg. consonant but prefix h to vowels, while cheithir and cheathair lenite (only one ex. is available for the form ending in -r. For the other form the general rule would appear to be as in the case of trí, q.v.). Exx. (apart from gen.), with ns. form are rare, cf. Críth G. 530 , Mon. Tall. 138.5 and Acall. 4958 v.l. cited above). do cheathra druimne, DDána 65.6 . ceithre huirrdhighthe, IGT Introd. 2.3 . ceithre chuid, Content. vi 48 . ceis cheathair fhaobhar (: hEachaidh), IGT Introd. § 18 (for ceatharfhaobhar metri gratia?).

Subst. and absol. uses: na cethuir `the four', Laws i 256.z . a c.¤ do linni four (days), iv 220.3 (.iiii., Ériu xvii 76.8 ). a dáu no a trí nó [a] c.¤ , Críth G. 461 . cá mhéid . . . ? A ceathair, Donlevy 156.14 . nod-randsat hi c.¤ , RC ix 486.8 . latri c.¤ cethrachat fifty-two(?), SR 116 . fichi bliadan sa c.¤ twenty-four, Rawl. 163b37 . a c.¤ dēg . . . do . . . , Fl. Earls 92.12 . co fu ch.¤ `four times', Ériu xix 62 § 18 . fochetair, Hib. Min. 12.418 . xui. bliadna fa ch.¤ (: fialchrechaig), LL 14854 ( MacCarthy 164.6 ). Calann Enair for Mairt ┐ c.¤ uathaid furri `the fourth day of the moon', Ann. Conn. 1409.1 . ar . . . denoim . . . cairdiusa Crist risin darna fer d[i]obh [┐] a ceathair risin fear eili `after he had . . . acted as godfather to (the child of) the latter and as co-sponsor with the other', Ann. Inisf. 1305.4 . ? coná fríth leó eigin dia fhostadh acht na cethra (of a cleric), AFM ii 720.15 . ? in-aimsir Aeda iar c.¤ , Fen. 220.15 .

Compds.

(a) With sg. nouns in sense four(fold). See cetharaird and cethardóit. foseted cetharbolcc, RC xi 444.26 `a foursquare bellows', Meyer Contribb. ceathairbricht (a metre), IT iii 99.3 . cet[h]ar-dam Ulcain `V.'s four oxen', TTr.² 1 . in ceathardamh co n-irdam / ro threabsat tir Parrtolan, BB 25a31 . See cethardenus. cethar-dubhladh = quadruplicacio, Ir. Gl. 931 . See cethardúil. ? cethardhul, Ériu xiii 26.7 . cetharech lais four steeds, Críth G. 345 . cethochrus no ceatharfochrus bruit derg imbi, TBC-I¹ 3395 (cf. cathḟochrus). cetharliber in tsoscēl, Corm. Y 248 . an cetharlebar sosceli `the four books of the Gospels', Mon. Tall. 138.1 . ? ethech . . . fo cethar-lebrai soscelai, Ériu vii 156.20 . cetharlíth (? cethair + líth) the four main feasts of the year; the year (?): nību hen cēt cetharlith 'he (Echu) was not an old man of hundreds of years (when he drowned)', Aided Echach 96 § 4(e) . ? a challech ón chetharlocht / a dind callech sonaide, LL 308b26 ( SG 389.42 ). suidigter do corp a cethurraen `cross-roads', Lism. L. 634 . See cethairríad. mo sherc / . . . / is cetharruinn talman, IT i 124.13 (TE). dligid cetharslechta aithgabala fourfold, O'Curry 781 ( H 3.18, 366a ) (form ?). Cothraige / cetharthrebe `of the four households', Thes. ii 309.3 (Hy. ii). See Ogma 302-3 .

(b) As in (a) but giving adjectival compds.: ceithirbheann, Duan. F. ii 278 § 110 ` four-peaked ', Gloss. C. Ceithirchenn `C. Fourheads', Dinds. 78 ( RC xv 478 ) (c. Ceithirchennach, ibid. 479). Cermun cetharchend, LL 26324 `cattle-headed', Meyer Contribb. ( Metr. Dinds. iii 88 ). araile ech . . . fulud cetharchrua, LL 24868 . ? cecht cuna fedhain techta cethardam ┐rl., O'Curry 1982 ( H 4.22, 20 ). brat corcra cethardiabail, IT ii1 177.91 = sagum quadrum, p. 214 . F. cethar-derc four-eyed , AU i 274.16 . ? ae cethardorus, O'Curry 444 ( H 3.18, 238b ) = cethardhoruis, O'D. 533 ( H 3.17, 431 ) = -dorais, O'D. 576 (443). cin con cetardoruis, 2226 (Nero A vii, 152b). See cetharchair.

(c) With adjj. See cetharchubaid. traig cethargairit gl. proceleusmaticum `foot of four short syllables', Sg. 7b13 . cen broind coíc-duirn . . . cethirláin capacious, MacCongl. 75.17 (see p. 205). laech cetherlethan comremar, LL 11893 ( TBC-LL¹ 5281 ). ceathar-sgaoilte, ML 128.6 .

(d) With adjj. derived from nouns: ind long cethararddidi, LU 1952 ( FA 2 ). mattal cethar-bennach, LB 148a37 . D. chetharchichech, LL 349g16 . cathbarr . . . ceithircimsach four-edged, CF 286 . ac na hainmindtib cetarcosacha quadrupeds , Rosa Angl. 224.8 . MacCongl. 127.30 . int anmanda cetharchosta, TTebe 159 . bruiden . . . cethardoirsech, MU² 204 . an eorna chethardruimnech, O'Dav. 1475 . atáid tenid . . . cethirdrumnig cethirdórsig, MacCongl. 63.5 . a ráith ceathardhruimneach, IGT Introd. § 99 . da triliss . . . ┐ fighe chethur-dhúalach for cechtar n-ai fourfold plait, IT i 119.21 (TE Eg.). corp . . . cethar-dúilech, Add. 4783, 7a1 (cited Meyer Contribb.). saigde . . . cethareochracha (= cetharchair), Alex. 181 . claideb cethar-fáebrach, Laud 610, 8a (cited Plummer MS. notes). cetha[r]litride gl. tetragrammaton, Ml. 127d1 . cona laind cetherliterdai ina láim containing four letters. Alex. 87 . anamain cain cetherreach .i. gusna cethre reaib ogha ellgiter innti .i. da re soirce ┐ da re doirce, O'Curry 581 ( H 3.18, 288 ) (see 1 anamain. Second element uncertain, but above etymol. accepted by Thurneysen, IT iii 165 ). deich mba ┐ samaisc a nanamain in tan nach ceathar foglach: bó ar fichit . . . in tan is ceatharrigach, O'D. 980 ( H 3.17, 779 ). cetharregac, O'Curry 2059 ( H 4.22, 64b ). a. ceithir-riatach, O'D. 979 ( H 3.17, 778 ). h-ímaigen . . . charpait cethirriata (= cethairríad), LB 235a43 . cuig carpait cetharriata, Mart. Don. xxxv 9 . carpat cæm ceith[ir]riada ` four-horsed ', TTebe 2694 . atáid tenid ... cethar-scoltig de uindsinn 'divided in four', MacCongl.² 24.739 . cethar-tinnide composed of four metals (Daniel's image), Rawl. B. 512, 69d (cited Plummer MS. notes). trosdán cetharuillennach, SG 44.24 . ceithreuilinnach, Ir. Astr. Tr. 98.1 . ecclas cetaruillech, BNnÉ 235 § 157 .