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1 oíbell

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Forms: aoibheall, aoibheall, aoibhill

n o, m. aoibheall (an eallaigh) m., IGT Dec. § 11.18 . Heat, high temperature , esp. of cattle or animals in the breed- ing-season. airlim n-aibil (.i. in tan bis aibell orra re teas ngréine), Laws iv 92 y , 94.4 (of cattle). erlim ria toraind no aibeall `leaping on account of thunder or sultriness', 104.8 Comm. gelistar .i. ainm d'áth uisce a mbít cethra for oíbell , Corm. p. 22 = for uíbhel, Corm. Y 674. amal elta bo ar aibell, Cog. 192.2 . cobair mbech ┐ bu i n-oibiull (tasks permitted on Sunday), LB 204b48 , cf. dol a ndiaid . . . bóu a n-aibiull, Anecd. iii 22.9 (aoibeall v.l.). erball bo aibhill, Tromd. Guaire 745 . cuaine na ccon . . . ag dol fa aoibheall, IGT Dec. ex. 459. Cf. mod. phrase: i mí aoibhill (folld. by gen.) `in the month of heat' = in the heyday, flush: [i] mí áoibhill a ḟeirge, IGT Dec. ex. 489 . i mí a. a ratha saoghalta, TSh. 542. i mí a. na n- ainmhian, 8671 . The mod. adj. aoibheall or aoibhill ` bright, merry ' (of fine weather, etc.) is prob. orig. gen. of this word.

Cf. 2 oíbell with which this word may have orig. been identical.

2 oíbell

Cite this: eDIL s.v. 2 oíbell or


Forms: aíbell, oebell, aebel(l), aíbheal, aíbheall, aíbhli, aoibheal, aipel

n f. also aíbell, oebell, aebel(l). aíbheal aíbheall (na teineadh), IGT Dec. § 54.12 (f. g s. aíbhli). Mod. aoibheal m.

A spark or flame of fire : n s. ind aipel , Laws iii 66.17 Comm. in ibell, gl. flammula, RC ix 241. indar lat ba oebell tened boi for cach oenḟinda, TBC-LL¹ 393 (= hoíbell, LU 4880 ). na haible tened, 1950 . aíble tened (= scintillas), Lat. Lives 84.12 , cf. 45.15 . aeibli lasamhna, ACL iii 245 y . di aibill tic breo, Trip. 186.14 = is do aíbill ḟásas breo, 468.6 ( LB 28a19 ). na riglasra lassait amal oín-aíbill, LL 116a39 . do dheachaidh aoibhel teinedh isin bpúdar, AFM vi 2012.6 . aoibhle teneadh, iv 904.6 . An ember, smouldering coal: co ndeilbh nduine ndubh . . . amhail aibheal arna bhathadh, BNnÉ 91 § 196. co nár fáccbhadh . . . acht . . . aoibhle i n-ionadh a háitighte (of a ravaged territory), AFM vi 2148.5 .

Transf. and fig.: aoible fola gouts of blood, ZCP x 289.23 . oible oitedh sparks of youth, Anecd. i 51 § 7. teora haible sercci . . . for a inchaib `dimples' (?), MacCongl. 97.7 . fo aíblib imais, Corm. p. 32 s.v. nimb.

Freq. of persons: a Phátric . . . a áebel óir ordnide, Metr. Dinds. iii 378.16 . Aimirgen . . . ar n-ór, ar n-án, ar n-óebel, Ériu iv 136.18 . ba oíbel āga, TFerbe 310 . an breo ┐ an aibill teora ┐ achtail (of St. Gregory), ZCP xii 368.2 . fear imtha ac aíbill tSoláin `the spark of S.' (of a chief), Ériu iv 220.10 . cúirt fhairsing aíbhle Cualann, v 60.130 . Cf. Aibelán ┐ Solusbreathach (names of St. Patrick's guardian angels), Acall. 294 , and Aíbell (name of the fairy of Cliú Maíl, see O'Gr. Cat. 496 n. 1 and TD 21.23 fg. ).

In the follg. exx. there is an allusion to the `seed of fire' or embers preserved from a turf fire overnight to rekindle the morning's fire: aoín-aoibhel beo na freimhe fíor-dúthchasa `the only living heir of the direct stock', AFM vi 2264.4 . aoibheal beo a chineadh, v 1628.14 . ní fríoth leó a ngrís na nGáoideal | áoibheal beó arís achd ríoghan, IGT Dec. ex. 1401. ni bia ind aoibhell sin uait-siu accainne immedhon, BNnÉ 306.9 (a refusal, on the expulsion of St. Mochuda from Raithen, to allow one of his monks to remain behind).