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Cite this: eDIL s.v. damdabach or
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n ā, f. Zimmer Sitzungsb. Pr. Akad. 1909, 459 - 462 (all wrong). Possibly an old cpd. of dam- house (the Ind.-Europ. cpd. form of dem-, dom-, cf. dom below) with dabach. No connection with dam ox.

A large tub or vat. pro torcularibus, gl. arnaib damdabchaib .i. huare issi aimser sin i ndentae estosc inna fine i ndamdabchaib, Ml. 24 d 9 .


(a) applied to fat, rotund men . dias indi (sc. issind imdaid). Ité damdabcha (v.l. toirnidi) balcremra, BDD 127 . Cf. dabchach above.

(b) a cover, shed, or shelter of shields, testudo . doratad immorro damdabach dona boccótib immi im cuairt, ScM. 17 (l. 3) . bói fo damdabaig sciath ar omon Conculaind, LU 81 a 42 . TBC-LL¹ 2054 Y. damdabach scíath húasa ceandaib, ib. 862 . atchonnarc drong ┐ damdabach na caladsciath, TTr.² 892 .

(c) the floor or a particular part of it (originally the place of the damdabach ). Opposed to `cléithe in tige': secht stialla umai ón damdabaich co cleithe issin tig, LL 248 b 44 (cf. RC xxiv 145. 6 . vom Mittelschiff bis ans Dach des Hauses, Thurn. Sagen p. 117 ). Opposed to `sliss' and `drumchlae': asrei fer díb in damdabaig tís cosin usci asren fer aile in sliss fer aile in drumchli, LB 278 a 45 . ar mbuain re hallmharchaibh úicfe | 'na ndamhdhabhchaibh cúirte clach 'when you have dealt with the Foreigners, you will raze the courts of stone to their very floors', Giolla Brighde 70 § 28​ .

Cf. amdabach.