foithir, fuither

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Forms: fothair, fothiur, fothair, foithir, fuithir, fuithir, fuithriu, foithre, fuithriu

n also fothair (< fo-thír ?). d s. fothiur, Trip. 132.17 (1526) . more usually fothair, foithir, fuithir. g s. fuithir, Dinds. 63 . d p. fuithriu LL 187b45 ( RC xxvi 26 ). The pl. foithre is well established in Mid. Ir. and later lit. Apparently a piece of unreclaimed valley or wooded land (a glen or dell ?): fuithir .i. fearann; .i. fó thír .i. tir mhaith (an etym. gloss), O'Cl. fothair .i. gortt, Lec.Gl. 240 . foithre .i. coillte, O'Cl. fothair díni ndēr ṅherderg (of Hell) SR 922 . ised dano conatecht-si ina slabra, fuither fossuid cona febaib `permanent estate' Dinds. 60 . iar fuithir grene .i. iar ndagthir inna ai grianda, Rawl. 108b14 . = iar futhiur RC xxvi 18 § 36 ( LL 186b ). i sleib ┐ fothiur, Trip. 132.17 (fothíur 1526 ). mōr lēim ... rolinges-[s] a ... o gach fuithir ┐ o gach fáinghlenn di aroile, Buile S. § 39 . gus an fothaii fírdomain inar cuired an Maol, Celt. Rev. iv 106.21 . is lais roslechta ferann fuithir mac Forduib, Dinds. 63 = cor slecht f.f., Met. Dinds. iii 334 . ar ergnus a ḟuithir ` estate ' ib. 302 . d s. a fotbair na fineamhna `of [lit. from] the grove of the vines' MR 98.4 . a p. i fuithriu aesa iúil (.i. i ndagthir R.; a fothir, YBL) RC xxvi 26 § 102 . ? cotarith luath Lugaid ... roe dar fot[h]re, Rawl. 115a37 = Ält.Ir.Dicht. i 40 § 9 . dorchfhoithri sealg `dark thickets of the chase' O'Gr. Cat. 374.27 . o fhothrib agarbaibh slebi Ircain, Aen. 830 . teiched ... fó fhoithrib ┐ daingnib, Marco P. 55 . i ffoithribh, i ffiodhbhadhaibh FM vi 2130.8 . dol do a ndiemhroip ... ┐ a ffoithribh fassaigh, Fl.Earls. 206.20 . i rRos Inbhir, ... ar mét a foithredh ┐ a fhasaighed gacha taobh ina timceall, BNnÉ 266 § 233 .

Cf. fuither LL 216b39 ( Met. Dinds. iv 318 , where Gwynn takes it as = 1 fuidir).

Compd. nir dhíon ar an ccaptin sin ... fíodh na foithir- ghlend ` forest-valley ' FM v 1788.12 . foithirghleant 1732.16 .

Cf. also: obsessio Duin Foither (= Dun Ottar in Scotland) AU 680 = duin Fother 693 . for bhru Duna Foitheir, Skene, Picts and Scots 93 . See Hog. Onom. s.v. dún Foithir and Watson, Celtic placenames of Scotl. 509 - 510 .