1 cúan

Cite this: eDIL s.v. 1 cúan or dil.ie/13334

n ā, f., later o, m. (cú). c.¤ f., IGT Decl. § 39 . c.¤ (na con) m., § 96 .

(a) litter (of pups or other young animals): cuilén di [a] cuain `litter', Bodl. Corm. 18 Mug Eme, Corm. Y 883 . cuilēn den chūain (chuáni, LU) cētna, TBC² 537 . in cú-sa do choimhéad . . . ┐ go bfuil c.¤ maith inti, Feis TC 754 . atáid cúain (cuan, v.l.) an chon otraigh / ag dol a n-úaill n-imarcaidh, IGT Decl. ex. 1724 . do na brocaibh / . . . 's a gcuain (: suain) aca, Measgra D. 43.16 .

(b) pack (of dogs, wolves, etc.): ilar cuan ṅgér, ciasta, cerb, SR 891 . glasreng (.i. torc) me . . . eter cuanaib, LU 1287 . ní bía a choland fo chúana he shall not be attacked by packs of wolves (?), LL 39189 ( RC xiii 114 § 157 `under packs of hounds'). la demna ┐ cuana ┐ drochdaine, Fél. Notes 152.33 . cluinit quana a nditrubaib, Ériu vii 198.1 = cúana `wolf- packs', 4.12 . niba tech cuan na cethra `shall not be a house for hounds or beasts' (Notes), Ériu xiii 40.11 . comdal cuan `meet of hounds', Auraic. 1177 .

(c) family; band, company , etc.: cúana .i. buidhne, O'Cl. nachat loisc (leg. sloic, Ed.) . . . cuain (a s.) truaigh `miserable pack' (of the Jews), Blathm. 274 . Partholon cona chuain chétaig with his band amounting to hundreds, LL 581 (Leb. Gab.). cūan nō caibden dia horgoin `Kriegerschar', Sits v (1919) 93 § 31 . can cuan, no cenel, no ciniud `of what breed', ML 154.9 (TMoméra). dream do chuan róghlan an ríogh, Atlantis iv 140.6 . c.¤ breflech `brood' (of demons), Met. Dinds. iv 84.z . cuan Innse `soldiers', O'Hara 3893 . cuain (cuan, v.l.) gach cille `all churches' clerks', Ó Bruad. ii 180.18 . is antt choiscther in cūan clam 'the leper-band' Ériu xix 77 § 1 .

Compds. ceitherna cūainbérla with wolfish tongues (?), ZCP viii 209.1 . cú do-chóidh ós chuainfhearchonaibh (sc. Raghnall), DDána 89.15 . fria sluaghadha fri cuanghala fria chaipdeana, Ériu xvi 180 § 9 ; 'valorous bands' The Kingship and Landscape of Tara 131 § 9 . comét . . . in buair . . . ar chonaib, ar chuan-meirle `from . . . thievish wolves', Met. Dinds. iv 338.z .

See cúainmér, cúallacht.