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imbed (third-person singular simple present imbeds, present participle imbedding, simple past and past participle imbedded)

  1. Alternative spelling of embed
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 1, page 313:
      The curse of the steam-boat is upon the lovely river; but some of the villas, imbedded in their own old trees—surrounded by turf the fairy queen might tread—girdled with every variety of flowery shrub—I do not quite say I could spend the whole day there, but I could have a luxurious breakfast—one ought to indulge in natural tastes of a morning.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 155:
      A piece of marigold or bay leaf was imbedded in the metal, and over it a carbuncle or chrysolite was placed.


Old Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


Uncertain. May be cognate with Old Welsh immet, but both the reading and the meaning of that term are uncertain. If the Proto-Celtic term was *ɸembetom, then it might be cognate with Latin pinguis (fat) and/or Hittite 𒉺𒀭𒆪𒍑 (pa-an-ku-uš /pankuš/, all, entire).[1]



imbed n (genitive imbid)

  1. a large quantity, a large number, abundance, excess; especially an abundance of wealth, riches, food
    • c. 800–825, Diarmait, 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. 62b20
      a n-imbed són ind slóig do·lega na ní téte, fo chosmailius dílenn
      the abundance of the army which destroys whatever it comes to, like a deluge
  2. (law, in the dual number) the two parties to a suit, contract, etc.
  3. amount, number


Neuter o-stem
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative imbedN imbedN imbedL, imbeda
Vocative imbedN imbedN imbedL, imbeda
Accusative imbedN imbedN imbedL, imbeda
Genitive imbidL imbed imbedN
Dative imbiudL, imbud imbedaib imbedaib
Initial mutations of a following adjective:
  • H = triggers aspiration
  • L = triggers lenition
  • N = triggers nasalization


  • Irish: iomad
  • Scottish Gaelic: iomadh


Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
imbed unchanged n-imbed
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Ranko Matasović (2009), “*imbeto-”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 9), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, page 172