fér

Cite this: eDIL s.v. fér or dil.ie/21667
Last Revised: 2013

 

Forms: faer, fér, fér, feuir, feúir, ḟeóir, féiuir, féor, feór, feóir, féra, fér, fergoirt, ḟéarghloin

n o, n. n s. faer, Ml. 135d8 . a s. fér, 90b8 . a fér , LU 4733 . g s. ind feuir , Ml. 9b8 . ind feúir , LU 4735 . ind ḟeóir , 9142 . féiuir, Sg. 68b10 . d s. féor, LL 266a31 . d s. feór, g s. feóir, IGT. Decl. § 61 ex. 1471 . n p. féra, IT i 190.27 ( FA 30 LB). Cf. in raeóir (v.l. raifheoir), Metr. Dinds. iii 36.35 ( v 131 ). Grass (gen. of living grass, but occas. of hay and also of other graminaceous plants): gl. foenum Ml. 135d8 ; carex Sg. 68b10 . luigfér glasfeoir ┐ arbar small grass (?) LU 8124 ( FB 9 ). ní thíscad a drucht do rind ind ḟeóir, LU 9142 ( FB 88 ). nicon berat a drucht dind ḟéor LL 266a31 ( MU² 566 ). geltatar dá ech S. a fér cona bun a talam, LU 4733 . gelair scor ... i ngurt ḟeóir, Metr. Dinds. iii 96.15 . tuctha dá ech D. ... for f.¤ were turned out to grass Lat. Lives 15 . āin bō a fer driving cows to grass Laws v 136.6 . bia fo ḟer isin relicc marb, LB 204a30 (= bia fóen, Ériu ii 204.13 ). tuc óenach Tailten a feór, Metr. Dinds. iv 160 . amhail fhéar thirim hay (= sicut foenum) TSh. 3798 . ag buain an fheóir, 2644 . na guirt gemhair ... ro ḟaccaibh an cioth gan ioth gan ḟeor iad `without corn or blade' AFM v 1678y . tugadh an talamh féur, Gen. i 11 . a n-inbhear ḟéir minligh, Psalms xxiii 2 . Used to denote an indef. number: bit comlín fri f.¤ , Ml. 90b8 . bit lir ... fér for faichthi as plentiful as grass on a green BDD 89 . co f.¤ to the ground: gunaidhi ... sida co f.¤ umpa silken gowns reaching to the ground ZCP vi 71.32 ; 62.31 (cf. mod.: ó bhathas go féar from head to foot Eoghan Ruadh 501 ). Pl. (in distrib. sense) athnugud ... na fér ┐ na lubi, LU 2735 . conna facabtais cid mecnu na fér ná lossa hi talam, 10560 . féra gera rindaithe, FA 30 LB ( IT i 190 ). for feraibh nemhidibh in tire, CCath. 3944 (= in herbas Luc. Phars. vi 506 ). Grass-lands, pastures: eigem do chur indile a feraib, Laws iii 250.19 . do feruib na comaightech, iv 146.9 Comm .

Compds.

(a) with subst.: féarachadh meadow TD 17.49 . fér-aithgin (sic leg.) compensation ( restitution ) for grass Laws v 466.7 . ¤brug a grassy piece of land: f. gabala, Acall. 4179 (cf. ¤gort). ¤díguin (sic leg. ? Cf. féis dighuin feoir [leg. —feoir ?] ethamuin geimreta, Laws iv 80.7 ). ` preserved grass ' Laws v 466.4 . ¤dílse proprietorship of grass iv 128.7 . ¤gelt, ¤gleith grazing: feirgleith, Laws iv 256z . léic na eochu ar férgeilt, TBC-LL¹ 1134 . tucait a n-eich ... d'ḟergeltaib pastures 72 . dith a fergelta destruction of their pasture Thurn. Thurn. Zu Ir. Hss. i 42.14 . fēirgleith (sic leg.), Laws iv 256.30 Comm. ¤gort a grass field: rochuir ... na eocho hi fergort, LU 8514 ( FB 36 ). g s. ind fergoirt , LU 8526 ( FB 38 ). ocht fichit bó do chur i férghurt gabhála, Acall. 2309 . na crecha do léccean for a fér-gortaibh, AFM iv 1220x . ¤lann grassy tract (?): os ferlannaib portglana ... in prephir ... talmanta, MR 112.10 (= airlann ?). ¤lepaid: dál féirleabtha d'inghin couching on the grass IGT, Decl. ex. 1113 . ¤mag a grassy plain: i férmaig Taillten, Ériu iv 106.2 .

(b) with adj., esp. in poetry, e.g.: ¤ardd long-grassed: os cloich ḟéraird stone amidst long grass (?): Anecd. i 55 . ar bhrú an tighe ḟéaraird `amidst rich sward' TD 8.11 . ¤bán: féarbhán ` fair-swarded ' TD 17.57 . ¤chorr: Banba an fhuind fhérchuirr `of smooth grass' Hy Fiach. 176 . ¤dlúth densely grassed: fonncheltra ... ferdluithi in talman ` close-grassy ' MR 240.7 . ¤domain long-grassed: fa chlár bhféardhomhain na bhFionn, TD 32.20 . ¤glan of bright, glistening grass: g s. an mhoighe ḟéarghloin , TD 4.4 . ¤glas green-grassed: ar in faithche férglais, Acall. 6363 . ¤mín smooth-swarded: um Thealaigh bhféirmhín na bhF., TD 14.24 . ¤thlachtmar having a grassy covering: formna fertlachtmara ...cach bruighe grass-clad MR 100.20 . ¤úaine green-swarded: Inis Fáil f. verdant ZCP viii 108.29 . go faithche ḟ., Ériu v 174.204 .