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Cite this: eDIL s.v. ecal or dil.ie/19372
Last Revised: 2019

 

adj (<*ek(s)gal, an exception to the rule that in adjectival compds. ā-stems become i-stems, Thurneysen KZ 44, 115 ). Cf. ecail.

I Fearful, timorous: ecal .i. cen gail, O'Mulc. 354 . egal .i. gin gal aige, Corm. Y 551 . ecal cech uamnach, Tec. Corm. § 13.20 . ecal cach athgonaid he who has been wounded is cautious (gl. on: ál cech angtha) § 13.23 n. andgid cech ecal , § 13.25 . udmall cach n-ecol, ACL iii 230 . ecal ar bás (gl. ignavam vitam) Ml. 109d1 . nibbát ecal , SCC 25 . eirg fó baithis ar Petar | rissin rig narbut ecal , LB p. 80 = Fél.² xxxvi (Jan. 18 n.) Ri rosaer Petur | ba hecgal ria n-a bádud, SR 7394 . nochar é in t-egal uaimhnech no timorous coward Acall. 1592 . n p. commimmis ecil hi fochidib (gl. non dedit Deus nobis spiritum timoris) Wb. 29d16 . comdar ecla faebair, Todd Nenn. 138 = BB 204b28 . Cf. biat ecla ria Cass, PRIA iii 550 § 30 = LL 147a36 . Superl. cía eclam ránac 'who are the most timorous you have met?', BFF 164 § 8.11 .

II Something to be feared, a danger: nirb ecal doib ni and they had nothing to fear there PH 226 . ZCP vi 48.16 . fad na reimhsi leagar lim | eagal a cinn treimhsi thall the length of the course allowed to me will prove a peril yonder after a space IGT, Decl. ex. 1371 . méad ar gceana is eagal ann, Dán Dé xvii 19 = YBL 392a . eagal mo char as a chumann | ná rabh Peadar umam fuar, Studies 1919, 75 . ní ba heccal dó faobhra (of a limb rendered invulnerable) BNnÉ 293 . ní heagal duit `thou needest not fear' Keat. iii 1021 . Common in phr. is e.¤ limm I fear, apprehend: ecol leo mochscelie den oclaich, RC xii 88.9 . rob ecal lium mo thogaethad ó diabul, PH 1549 . ni hecal latsu Dia, 2886 . ní aorfainn, níor eagal lais, | dreagan do ṡaorchlainn Ṡéarlais, TD 23.19 . With the connotation likelihood, probability: a Chiarraoi caoinidh Éamonn | díbh ní heagal aithréallann [sic leg.] another champion is not to be expected Ó Bruad. ii 146 .

COMPD.: ¤mór: in énlaith ecal-mór `formidable' Metr. Dinds. iii 258 .