fuinche

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Forms: fuinche, funchi, Funchi, Fuinche

n , f. in poetry and B. na f.

I A scaldcrow: f.¤ .i. feannóg, O'Cl. fuindchi .i. feandoc, Lec. Gl. 545 . duibithir funchi fedil | culchi cach éoin, Metr. Dinds. iii 256 . g s. dath fuinche [funchi v.l.] fuan, Ériu ix 46 § 14 = dath fuaince fuan (.i. dath brait na finnoige), ZCP v 490.5 (B. na f.). fuan fuinc[h]e, ZCP ix 167.25 = caire findchi fuarc fuinchi, H 3.18, 10 marg. sup. ? caoga fuan find fuince rūn, Celt. Rev. i 306 .

II A black fox: fuinchi .i. sindach dub, Lec. Gl. 548 . f.¤ is criomhtan ar ṡionnach, Metr. Gl. Ff. 51 . togmall i fóir fuinche (.i. sinnach), ACL iii 310 § 3 (= foinchi, ZCP xii 360.24 ) ; re nuallan f.¤ feochrae ib. ACL iii 310§ 9 .

Cf. gudim Brenaind ... cobair fir a culchi chíar | rom áin co cían funchi fó, LU 3054 ( SG 235 ) : later in same text ( LU 3131 ) Funchi is a name given to the `murgeilt' or mermaid Lí ban. As meisnig mhic mic L. | bhiathus f.¤ a bhforaoísibh, C IV 1, 160v (poem by Gofraidh mac an Bhaird).Cf. the npr. f. Fuinche, Ériu v 74.15 . fri F.¤ ingin Náir, Fianaig. 4.7 . mac Fuince ingine Daire, Anecd. ii 76 . See also Miss M. Dobbs's Index to Banshenchus RC xlix 446 , s.v.

III A claw or talon (?), see fuince, which may be same word and perhaps only an inference from sense (I).