fótbach

Cite this: eDIL s.v. fótbach or dil.ie/24146

Forms: fótmaige, -maig, fótbaige, fótbaig

n s, o, n. (1 fót and -bach vn. form also in combach, tobach, compds. of bo-n-g-) ; in g s. often fótmaige, -maig perh. through association with mag `plain.' Lit. ` sod- breaking ' hence

(a) cutting sods or turves , also cut sods: fiach fotbaig `fine for sod-cutting', Laws iii 148.8 Comm. in clad as a tabar fodbach na mona `the sods of turf' iv 222.4 Comm . masa fotbach in ferainn dorighnedh is smacht fotbaig ann, O'C. 1735 ( 23 Q 6, 29a ). Common in g s. esp. in phrase : fert fótbaige a mound built of sods (of a raised seat or a grave) : turgabad fert fotbaig fo Erc LL 120ay . ro cechladar fert fotmaig fo suigiu [ = ṡuidiu] a taīsich TBC² 3144 = fótbaig TBC 5169 . suidhis ar in bhḟirt fót- bhuigh, Acall. 620 . 1021 . cia atá isin firt fótbaigh ... ? As misi ro adhlaic he 1586 . isin firt fótmaighi 1593 . co facaid oen ingen ... i suide ... isin fert fodmuigi RC xxiii 396z . mad marb ... class (?) a fert fodbuigh lat IT i 122.14 (TÉt. Eg.). feart fairsing fódbhuigh (of a grave) ML 20.21 . ón tor fódbhuigh, Hy Fiachr. 20 (= tor ... do ḟódaibh ┐ do chlochaibh 18 ).

(b) a sod, clod of earth (in pl.) : ar nā ristais fótbaige a crūib greg (sic leg.] TBC 697 . Cf. cid fotera na cuiret a ṅgrega d'ḟótlaigib [sic] ass a crūib-? LL 265a6 ( MU² 387 ; fhodlaighib v.l.).

(c) As fig. npr. : fodbhach in socc ... ┐ feadh [?] ainm in cuiltír F. the share ... Feadh the name of the coulter BB 25b2 (= ITS xxxix 60 ).