1 imbas, imbus

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Forms: imb-ḟess

n o, m. , n. (imb-ḟiuss or imb-ḟess `das grosse vielumfassende Wissen,' Thurneysen, ZCP xix 164 ; Ériu xxxii 79 ).

great knowledge ; poetic talent, inspiration ; fore-know- ledge ; magic lore: imas .i. saidecht, Stowe Gl. 433 , Lec. Gl. 364. iachta[d] sluaigh suide n-imbais .i. estidh in sluagh re saidhecht, nó dobeir subaidhe ar in sluagh in t-imat sofeasa bis acon said sin, O'Dav. 1071. būas .i. soes n- arc[h]etail arinní dothēt imbas īar mbūais, Corm. Y 148. cethri srotha déc éicsi ... immas ┐ dichetal, LL 30d34 . ad-sloinn airdnemhidh iomhais (of the technical accomplish- ments required of a poet), Ériu xiii 18.20 . sreth immais (a technical term in poetry for connecting all words of a verse line by alliteration), IT iii 30.14 . trí labra ata ferr túa : ochán ríg do chath, sreth immais, molad iar lúag, Triads 112. srotha ionnalta an iomais, Content. xxii 17 n. 4 .

Referring especially to knowledge or fore-knowledge obtained by magic or occult means: failte fri tascor n-imais dofaircet nae cuill cāinmesa for Segais i sīgaib, Anecd. v 25.5 (cf. Ériu xiii 26.17 , ZCP xvii 268.13 ). imbus greine .i. bolg greine imfuilnges in grian for na luibhibh ┐ cipe caithes iat bidh dan aigi ? i.e. poetic knowledge derived from the river Graney, O'Dav. 1569. is suithe iumais Greine na (= no) Boinne uil aici, Laws iii 50.9 Comm. Tipra Connla...fo' tat cuill ┐ imbois (? leg. cuill imbois) na heicsi, RC xv 456 § 59. immas na Segsa so dait, Met. Dinds. iii 286.21 . luidh Cuchulainn do ririm imhais ar Boinn, O'C. 1362 ( H 3. 18, p. 624a ). buinne na Buaisi ar a mbi bladh iomais nó eladhna, Leb. Gab. 64 n. 5 . dogebthi bheós cna iomhais for Bhóind ┐ Bhuais fria linn, FM i 90.4 . a c[h]ur ar amus na filed go nderndais faillsiugudh imais cindas ro baí Aengus iarna égaib, Ériu xi 45.28 (= O'D. 950 ). gabais (Finn) a mér ina bēolu. A donic as afrithisi foopairt dicetal. Fortnosmen an imbas con- debert, RC xxv 346.1 . fortnosnae a n-imus .i. do fuarascaib a soes ar is ainm imbas do soes, O'C. 768 ( H 3. 18, p. 361 b ). Hence : imbas forosna(i) (lit. knowledge which illuminates) a special gift of clairvoyance or prophetic knowledge sup- posed to be possessed by poets in ancient Ireland. The rites through which this knowledge was supposed to be acquired are described in Corm. Y 756 , Laws i 44.6 , O'C. 767 ( H 3. 18, p. 361a ) (see Thurn. ZCP xix p. 163 . Scottish Gaelic Studies iv 97 ff . Scott, R.D., The Thumb of Know- ledge, chap. iii ): "can dothéig" or Medb. "a halbain iar foglaim filidechta" or ind ingen "in fil imbass forosna lat" or Médb. "Fil écin" or ind ingen. "Décai damsa didiu, cobbia mo ḟechtas", TBC² 40. doairchechain Scathach do anni aridmoiad co n-epert fris tria imbas forossndi dia foirciund, Anecd. v 28.12 . asbert Find triasa n-imbas forosnai, `fer ilurg,' ol sé, Fianaig. 38.6 . tredi dlegar dun ollamain filead .i. teinm laeghdha ocus imus forosnadh ocus dicedal do cennaib, Laws v 56.20 Comm. ni conermaitis teinm laodhu no ímbas forosna (of poets who passed false judgments), Laws i 24.33 .

imus forosnudh name of a metre , IT iii 102 § 187.