neim

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Forms: neime, neimi, nime, nim, neim, neime, neim

n n. and f. in O.Ir. of heteroclite decl.: g s. ind neime , Sg. 112a1 . n p. neimi, 139b6 . As d-st. (?): cnuicc nemed malignant boils, Goid. 172.23 . In Mid.Ir. and later treated as fem.; often with g s. nime, hence n s. nim.

(a) poison, venom: neim, Corm. Y 991. fí .i. nim, O'Mulc. 597. nem nathrach, gl. venenum, Ml. 33d10 . gl. virus, Sg. 112a1 ; aconitum, 139b6 . tuccad neim doib i llinn, Thes. ii 323.14 ( Hy. iv pref. ). Crist dom imdegail . . . ar neim, 357.11 ( Hy. vii 59 ). deog neimhe, Laws i 2.16 . do dail na neime . . . ar Art, Ériu iii 170.3 . urchar . . . do shaigit nemi `a poisoned arrow', PH 7642. ar comarthuibh na neimhe symptoms of poisoning, Rosa Angl. 134.20 . pl. cruth cen cheill . . . is neime i n-ōrlestar, ZCP vi 267 § 2. co nemib ┐ epthaib, LL 120a12 . Of animal venom: de neim inna nathrach, Fél. Ep. 480 (see nathair). tri neme nathrach, TBC-LL¹ 5539 St. (fig. of three warriors). tria neim na dracon, PH 339. co tard beach a neim for mo lethrosc-sa stung one of my eyes, FDG 255.

(b) in fig. sense, bane, malefic power: es de boi inn nem sin fuirri (of Balor's eye), RC xii 100 § 133. sleg co mbricht neme vii 292.35 . cithnélla neme, TBC-I¹ 1950 , cf. co tuitet nemhe niuil truim, O'Dav. 1281. neim ar cach ḟir díb, TBC-LL¹ 2922 (description of the `clann Calatín'). bidba troch co tromneim, Metr. Dinds. iii 172.66 . tech . . . robo lór do neim, ib. 326.38 . neim ar th'urchur ┐ neim fort féin a bane on thy cast and on thyself, TBC-LL¹ 1187. (in cheville) marbais, mór ind neim, | a mbúar uile, Metr. Dinds. iv 64.87 , cf. LL 299a35 . ? g s. as attrib.: is neime do iurnn . . . .i. as neimnech do neoch in t-iarunn baneful, O'Dav. 1135. co ndeachaid neimh an troisccthi for Diarmait `the virus of the fasting went against D.', BNnÉ 89 § 189 . Of snow accompanied by severe cold ( Celtica iii 262 ): sneachta neime do chur oidhche fhéli Sanct Nicolás `poisonous snow', ALC i 370.3 = snechta na neme, Ann. Conn. 1245 § 10. Cf. [snechta] na nemi, AB 1179 (quoted AU ii 197 n. 8 ). Cf. neimh fhúaire na hoidhcheise, Studies x 417 § 1 . gach cuan go cconfadh neimhe 'each sea is in deadly tumult' Féil. Mhic Néill 174 § 43 .

Virulence, keenness, penetrating force , often in favourable sense; freq. in g s. as attrib. ar neim ┐ ar nert ┐ ar nidhachus, Fianaig. 68.30 (qualities of a warrior). a righ L. is lerdha nimh !, MR 214.3 . Nechtain cosin neim, LL 11a48 = gus an neimh, Leb. Gab.(i) i 182.3 . lám co neim, LL 154a18 . betit curaid arna raind | fa neim claidib Con Culaind, TBC-LL¹ 795. fon crúisig neme, 1286 (of Conchobar's spear). ilcleasa neme, 3932 St. céim neime, Ériu v 223.63 . crithir do neimh na tenedh sin, RC xxiv 381.23 . cú neimhe, ZCP ii 344.7 . Of feelings: re neim fergi an dúileman, RC xxiv 378.34 . adéura [Críosd] lán do neimh ┐ d'fheirg, Parrth. Anma 476.11 . Sharpness, bitterness, causticity: érnais cen neim (of St. Brigit), Hy. v 7 , glossed .i. cen imdergad without (causing) a blush, Thes. ii 328.21 (cf. Stowe Gl. 259 ). uath nime for tengthaib na filed, O'Mulc. 830c . la neim laidhe (of a satire), ACL iii 295 § 27. begán glóir do budh mór neimh (i.e. quiet but incisive words), ZCP viii 223.6 . sanas nemhe na námod, Ériu iv 212.12 . amhail adubhairt Fionn sin, | ro gabsam náire tré neimh (i.e. his words stung us to shame), Duan. F. i 31 y .

Compds. ¤dénmach o, ā. poison-making (Lat. veneficus): trí druíd nemdenmacha `poison-giving' (? maleficent), Trip. 138.27 (neimd. v.l.). ? ¤mod: nemmod la saoruib . . . in mod dogniat tria a neim .i. tria a mbeim (i.e. force, intensity?), O'Mulc. 830 h (fanciful etym. of word neimed). ¤tenga `poison-tongue'; an evil-tongued person, a slanderer: nipsa nemthenga mo chrích, LU 9335. A standing epithet of Bricriu: Bricriu noithech neimtheṅga, ZCP viii 218.11 . la Bricrind Nemthenga, FB 1. do Bricriu Nemthenga, IT ii1 173.9 .