forcha

Cite this: eDIL s.v. forcha or dil.ie/23440

 

Forms: forcca, farcha, farchadha, forchuda

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(a) a beetle, mallet: tri beimeanna fair da [f]archa a ceand (of planting a stake) Laws iv 112.13 (= do farca, Rawl. B 487, f. 65b ). g s. for teora lorggaib athich, lorgg forcca lorgg ṡamtaighi, lorgg rammai, Laws iv 334.17 . fer ... na susti ┐ na forchae, Mon. Tall. § 16 . pl. farcha troma iarnaidi, Lism. L. 3653 = farchadha, BNnÉ 99 § 10 . forchadai troma, PH 8110 . co fharchaib ... iarnaidib, 8310 . brisit farca fri forlonn, YBL 315b2 . na forchai dia suaitea [in chré], Auraic 147 = forchuda, 2440 . Cf. forche is tairngeir, H 3.18, 366a ( O'Curry 781 ). Fig.: f.¤ breth breth ollaman (i.e. a clincher ?) ZCP iv 468 § 14 , cf. is fairchi (farchi, farcha v.l.) breth briathar rig, Ériu ix 48 § 25 . rodalad cuirn ... for F., gurbo mesga medarchain é, gurbo faircha breath gach briathar leis, RC xxi 198 § 39 . farcha dluthaighthe gach deghrechta (of a prince) ALC i 486.16 . Cf. farcha = maul Proverbs xxv 18 .

(b) a flash of lightning, a thunderbolt: farcha tendtidhe do nim rosmarb, RC xvii 126 . tairlaiced fórchae tentide dina nemdaib ina chenn ... conid desin attá Achad Forchai, Trip.² 630 ( Trip. 60 ). iar na bem d'f.¤ tenntighe, AFM 503 . bás mhic L. ... do f.¤ trom teinntighe ib. (all ref. to death of Lughaidh s. o. Laoghaire). Here, perhaps: cōic adnaicthi ... sloindfet fri ḟorcha fīre, Meyer's Selections from Early Ir. Poetry p. 13 ( LB 106a52 ).