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Etymology 1[edit]

From Celtic numerals.

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  1. (dialect) Four in the old counting system of Northern England.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Related to mead, metheglin


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mether (plural methers)

  1. (historical, Ireland) A communal drinking vessel used in Gaelic times for drinking mead. It had squared sides and one drank from a corner. Also, a trophy in this shape.
    • 1912 James Henry Cousins, "The Loving Cup" I (Etain the Beloved and Other Poems, p.84) (Maunsel & Co):
      I raise to you, O Queen, this Loving Cup, this Mether,
      Filled with Mead
      Made from honey of the heather
    • 1912 "Our Lady Correspondent" "Fashions at Leopardstown" The Irish Times 27 August 1912, p.8:
      Lord Herbert and Mr. Luke White were to be seen on the roof pouring water down the chimney, while the Marchioness of Ormonde was seen carrying the Regimental Cup (the silver Irish mether to be competed for) from the scene of the fire.