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Cite this: eDIL s.v. fuidlech or
Last Revised: 2019


Forms: fuiglech, fuidlechaib, fuighligh, fuighleachaibh

n o, m. (fuidell) in later MSS. generally fuiglech.

(a) a remainder or remnant , used much like fuidell: roind míle bliadan ar nai randaibh dég ┐ is é is fuidleach do sin dá bliadain dég divide a thousand ... by nineteen and the remainder is twelve O'Gr. Cat. 307x . in f.¤ [fuigheall, fuiglech v.l.] fuil acainn d'ar n-armuibh what is left to us of our weapons. RC xiv 34 . fuiglech na nār `the spoils left by the nobles' Metr. Dinds. iii 360 . fuighleach a lachta, Content. xxviii 13 . fuighleach na bpeacadh .i. na peacaidh nar chuimhnigh do chur a bhfaoisidin, Luc. Fid. 138 . fuighleach chāigh muna chognam the leavings of others Aithd. D. 46.9 . fuigh leach aoigheadh a n-ionnmhas their wealth is what guests have left DDána 102.4 . gan boin ... muna bfoil d'fuighlech airgne `a survivor from the raid' Quiggin, Prolegomena V 28 n . ( Aithd. D. 40.31 : `overlooked in ... plundering'). Freq. in the phr.: f.¤ áir survivors of battle; all that are left: fuighleach áir chathslóig ua gCuinn `the last survivor' O'Gr. Cat. 449 . a mar uirre d'fhuighleach áir the survivors that remain in it Dán Dé iii 32 . Cf. fuighleach caoire ar gceardchain-ne `wrought in the metal of our smithy Dán Dé vi 37 (of the Saviour; for the metaph. cf. x 9 ). See fuidel (d). Rare in pl. dá chliab déc dia fuidlechaib SR 7628 ( Joh. vi 13 ). ro bátar fuidligi leo 'they had leftovers', Celtica xxv 21.15 . rofaccaibsit fuidhlidhi aidhbli dibh cen tomailt, Grail 1606 .

(b) the latter part of winter (also in pl. Cf. fuidhle `the days in January' P. O'C. ): ro cí F. isin fhuigleach ag iarraidh samhaidh, BNnÉ 29w . g s. gacha fuighligh , 30.2 . pl. sméra 'sna fuighleachaibh , 128 § 25 . See fuidell (b) and faílech (some scholars have taken the latter as a late form and spelling of fuidlech , but such a phenomenon would be without parallel in the literature. On the other hand fuighleach, etc. could well be in some cases a late scribal mis-spelling of faílech. Cf. sméra sind fulliuch, LU 9725 ( ZCP iii 218 ).