muc(c)

Cite this: eDIL s.v. muc(c) or dil.ie/32638

Forms: mucc, mucca, mucu

n originally u Thurn. Gramm. § 308 , Hamp, Proto-Indo-European: The Archaeology of a Linguistic Problem 187 . ā, f.,

(a) a pig, sow (used both as generic term including both sexes and also espec. of female). mucc, gl. sus, Sg. 47b1 . n p. teora mucca , Thes. ii 250.15 . mucu (= muca), Laws v 220.12 . ba, muca, heich, cairig, gobair . . . ite .x. cethra fer ndomain, 76.18 . foil muc, 162.20 . tairr muca `a hog's belly', iv 306.4 . buachaill muc, gl. subulcus, Ir. Gl. 584. Tuath De Danann, is iat tug mucco i nhErinn ar tus, ZCP viii 105.29 . na hainmhidea bréna .i. . . . in sindach ┐ in mucc, PH 7675. murthréta mucc, TBC 75. miach móethbleithe la muic (a tribute), Met. Dinds. ii 42.23 . (Prov.) is mucc remitéit mess, BDD 106 , see 2 mes(s). ar muin na muice on the pig's back (= in luck, well-off), O'Bruad. ii 134.8. Of a pig used as food: muc úr, laith, lemnacht . . . rot-bia, IT i 133.8 . do raind na mucce, 101.2 ; 103.22 (na mmuicce). Of a wild pig or boar: oss no m.¤ allaid, Mon. Tall. 5. is amlaid ro bátár amal mucca eter conaib (i.e. at the mercy of their enemies), LU 4442. ag seilg . . . ar mhucaibh ┐ aigib, Lism. L. 3219. ag mucaibh allta, Ir. Monthly 1929, 107.4 .

(b) m.¤ mara a sea-hog, porpoise: mucc mora, gl. delphinus, Sg. 94a3 . muc mara, gl. delphin, Ir. Gl. 1029. m.¤ mara méthas tond, LU 3017. m.¤ mín maethṡlemun mara, LL 235b12 . muca mara ┐ ilpíasta na fairrgi, Ériu iii 156.7 . AU 827. CCath. 4332. mar mharbhaid na muca mara an mhuc mhara eile, TSh. 3860.

(c) name of a war-engine, a shed under cover of which besiegers undermined the walls of a city (called in Med. Lat. sus or scorpha, Eng. sow, Fr. truie); for description see FM vi 1980 , 1981 n. Cf. regii muchum bellicum machinamentum militibus subter agentibus arcis muro admovent, O'Sullivan Beara (quoted FM vi 1981 n. ). muc ingnad crainn do dhenum . . . do hṡailghibh daracha, ALC ii 264.3 (an. 1527 ).

Compds. ¤ál m. a sow's litter or brood: Mac Conmeadha na mucál, Top. Poems 10.25 . Cf. mucálach. ¤ár m. pig- slaughter: mucār mār di muccaibh mora a great destruction of porpoises, AU 827. ¤class f. a trench or furrow made by a pig rooting? co n-uargaib in muc mucclais tairis, Dinds. § 112.10 ( RC xvi 63 ). ¤cullach m. a boar , Laws i 126.7 . ¤díth n. and f. ` pig-loss ', Laws v 220.28 Comm. ¤ḟoil f. a pigsty: muccfoil, gl. stabulum porcorum, Sg. 26a1 ; gl. hara, 26a2 . díre a muc- folach, Laws iv 314.21 . each cen cuibrich, cú . . . cen lomain, muiccai cen mucalaig ndorcha, ZCP xii 361.28 ( H. 3.18 p. 86 ). ¤mairbne, see mairbne. ¤ogham m. ` sow-Ogham', a species of Ogham, Auraic. 5939. ¤súil f. (as term of abuse) a mhuc-ṡuil, a mheallṡron madaigh! IT iii 91 § 126. ¤trét n. and m. a herd of pigs: re mallacht cacha muicthreoit, MR 100.19 . Common in compd. place-names, e.g. ¤druim, ¤dubh, ¤inis, ¤ross, ¤ṡnám (see Hog. Onom. ).