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Cite this: eDIL s.v. othan or


n f. a word of obscure meaning, found in poetic and cryptic lang., perh. stone, (? clay, soil) or burial-chamber, grave? ? otan, uait rugad a ḟot (ḟót?), Corm. Y 1034. Esp. in g s. in the expression: adba othna, a kenning for `grave': adba othna .i. adba huath-uinne .i. uath ūir ┐ ond cloch .i. adba uire ┐ cloiche, Corm. Y 80 = adba othnoe, Corm. p. 5 ; cf. O'Dav. 1323 (othna). na hí bíte fri handgaibh | foce[i]rd i n-adhboidh n-othna he casts into the grave (?), Sitzungsb. Pr. Akad. 1919 v 93 § 24 . i n[adbai] n-othrai [leg. n-othnai], RC xxvi 26 § 94 ( .i. i n-adbai uath-uinni, LL 187b31 ). etir othain ┐ acenn (achend v.l.), ib. § 95 , glossed .i. itir in cainnell ┐ in tine between the torch and the fire, O'Dav. 1323 ; eter in n-adnacul ┐ in mesrugud, LL 187b33 ; between the grave and the fire [of Doom]?

The (same?) word is found in place-names: abbas Othnae Mōre, AU 773 (place near Fahan, Co. Donegal). Muru Othna more, LL 347c43 . i nOthain mbic, Rawl. 92c51 . for Oithin bicc, AU 717 ; see Hog. Onom. s.v. Othain .