1 cith

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Forms: cetha

n u, m. g s. cetha. ceatha, fros, Eg. Gl. 176 . ? Cf. cet .i. tonn, O'C. 125 ( H. 3.18, 75c ).

Shower. Of rain, hail, snow: ra c.¤ snechtaide, LL 24909 . na cet[h]ae dluit[h]e `close . . . showers', CCath. 4953 . cid dogni cithu gaeth cain? SR 7919 . ceatha troma / do-níd tonna Th., CF² 1454 = cithi crom, Acall. 861 v.l. cith cloichsnechta, St. Ercuil 1551 . ceatha díothchuir na díleand, Celt. Rev. x 139.x . dubhadh ceatha dark shower- cloud, DDána 27A.11 . re hucht an cheatha do chor before the rain fell, 75.22 . c.¤ mor do ferthain, Ann. Conn. 1251.11 . fearthain an chetha íṡin, FM v 1678.8 .

Of other objects: ós chethaibh fían forngaire `commanding clouds of warriors', Met. Dinds. iv. 216.8 . cetho aodho ona mbelaib (of monsters), Aisl. Tund. 100.7 . cosmhail re ceathaibh gelclúmh . . . na srotha cubhracha, CF² 43 . cioth fola, FM i 550.z . coimhlíonmhar ré cioth mionchuiléog (of plague of frogs), Mac Aingil 899 . Of missiles of all kinds: cetha nemhe . . . do shaighdibh, CCath. 1961 . cetha comóra cloch, Fianaig. 90.6 . In sense of abundance: clár milis go gceathaibh cnúais `with showers of fruit', Sc.G.St. iv 140 § 14 . saor mo chlí ó ch.¤ na bpeacadh (`mist'), A. Ó Dálaigh xvii 1 . Prov. comrith re ceathaib (of foolish decision), MR 234.9 . nírbho coim ria ccioth do Aodh Ua D. a elúdh shelter from a shower i.e. a change for the better, Hugh Roe² 16.1 . FM vi 2140.21 .

In vaguer sense trial, hardship, battle, etc. (frequ. with cath): c.¤ .i. crúaidh, H 3.18, 520 . cethern . . . c.¤ cath ┐ orn orgain, Corm. Y 295 . cen chíthu cess, SR 6047 . cen chithu cruth, 683 . cen ch.¤ cen chath, 1779 . c.¤ nó chrúas `trouble or danger', Met. Dinds. ii 36.21 . nístrāeth cath nā c.¤ `battle or distress', BColm. 32.16 . daria M. . . . / maise gréine tre ciotha, BNnÉ 193.6 = tar cithu, SG 152.14 . nis fil galar isin bith / na c.¤ na cuirfe for cul, LB 237 marg. inf.

Compds. With nouns. cith-anfhethna na haidhchi `shower-storms', CCath. 1926 . cith-anfad . . . gan foscad, MR 236.19 . truime a ciothbhraon, Studies 1921, 417 § 1 . ciothghalchleas sneachta blizzard(?), ITS v 118.y . na cith- nella neme, LU 6464 (TBC). is cealgach croidhe an cioth- shluagh, Measgra D. 55.47 . mur shín ag cor chithshneachta, O'R. Poems 54 .

With adjj. tar cholbhadhaibh . . . cioth-bhorba na g-cuan` ML 46.28 . fa'n cithluaithi coll `on which are shower-shaken hazels', Hy Fiachr. 194.2 . sruth cithmhear cas, Aithd. D. 61.16 ( Arch. iii 235.2 ). a craes in c[h]uain cithmoir, KMMisc. 314.16 . in coire cith-rúad `with its red spray', Met. Dinds. iv 82.42 .

With adjj. derived from nouns. tar an muir . . . ccithainbh- thenaigh ` storm-swept ', Buile S. 100.6 . sreatha a ghéag cceathbhraonach ` dewy ', Studies 1920, 99 § 13 . an ciach- brat corr-néalach cioth-mhuirnioch `showery', ML 102.27 . circaill cithneimneach cláriarnaighi (of warrior's mail suit), CF² 933 .