mac(c)án

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Forms: maccán

n o, m., (dim. of 1 mac) a little son, generally term of endearment. a ben, talaig do maccán! Trip. 468.4 . m.¤ Iacóib cosin rath (of Joseph), SR 3369. maccan Muire (of Christ), Anecd. i 64 § 124. lasin máthir máir-sin . . . lotar . . . na trí maccáin, Fél. Aug. 2. In wider sense a male child, boy, youth: conḟacatar in macan beg i mbrollach Concobuir, ZCP v 502.29 (of an infant). ité maccán co macu secht mbliadna, ní bí acht a cúrsad . . . co n-abaind (boys up to seven years of age are chastised only with a strap), Ériu i 218 § 4. maccan sē mbliadan deac, Hy. ii 2. in maccáin ó Bethil, Fél. Dec. 28. An epithet of John the Evangelist: Eóin maccan . . . brunna- dhalta Crist, LB 133b29 = Hog. Nenn. 38. Iohain maccán, Trip. 256.22 ; cf. Anecd. ii 19.10 , BNnÉ 20.9 . Freq. in v s.: a maccán! LU 5071. a maccan! BDD 166. a maccáin! 167 . Trip. 244.3 . TBC 1160 , 1205 . In addressing seniors (term of endearment?): a macain, a Cormaic (said by a daughter to her father), ZCP i 459.21 . a maccain (Solomon to David), xiii 179.11 . Of animals: mac Duib Chuailngne . . . macan in tairb, RC x 224 § 16. banm.¤ a girl: in banmacan, Auraic. 533 = banmacam, 3163 .