dorchae

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Old Irish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

dorchae ‎(comparative dorchu)

  1. dark, gloomy
    • c. 875, Milan Glosses on the Psalms, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1987, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. I, pp. 7–483, Ml. 30a4
      sechis amal no·ngnetis ón gním inn aithchi dorchi
      as though they did a deed on a dark night
  2. obscure
  3. gloomy, morose

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Noun[edit]

dorchae n ‎(io-stem)

  1. darkness, gloom
    • c. 875, Milan Glosses on the Psalms, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1987, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. I, pp. 7–483, Ml. 140c5
      is Dǽ int soilse amal as nDæ inna dorche
      the light is God’s even as the darkness is God’s
    • c. 845, St. Gall Glosses on Priscian, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1975, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. II, pp. 49–224, Sg. 183b3
      dond fritobairt maill frita·taibret na dorche don ṡoilsi
      from the slow opposition with which the darkness opposes itself to the light
  2. (figuratively) obscurity, mystery

Usage notes[edit]

Often used in the plural, especially in early texts, probably under the influence of Latin tenebrae.

References[edit]

  • dorchae” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.