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  1. (asp.), two; dá bhás, 1188; dá chonair, 120; gen. dá threibh, 449; dá dhrong, 10114; old dat. (in verse), go ndíbh ndoirsibh, 5767
  2. used before abstract nouns to express the unlimitedness of the notion expressed by the noun (‘whatever be its amount, however great, etc.’): dá fheabhas, ‘whatever be the excellence of it’ (i.e., of the way he shall spend his life) = ‘however well,’ 1151; dá fh. sláinte chorpardha bhíos aige, 8674; dá olcas, ‘however bad,’ 5852; dá ghéire 7 dá ghoimheamhlacht, 8238; dá mhéid (mhéad), ‘however much, great,’ etc., 618, 657, 2053, 3500, etc.; dá áille, ‘however beautiful,’ 1324; dá airde, ‘however high,’ 8676; ag druing ar bioth dá n-airde, 7851; dá anuaisle, 1099; dá dhlúithe, dá dhíoghraisighe, 4247; dá éignighe, 2341; dá fhaide, 410; dá ghéire, dá ghoirte, 8221; dá luaithe, 5200; dá thréine, 3572. [ in these phrases contains the prep. de and the poss.; dá fheabhas = Mid. Ir. ge beith dia fhebas, ‘whatever be (the amount) of its excellence.’ In one instance above, dá n-airde, 7851 = mod. dá áirde iad, the pron. is 3 pl. If a noun follows dá mhéid, etc., as the pron. in is proleptic, the noun is put in the nom., dá mhéid neart, 3500; cf. 2.a.].
  3. = de+a, do+a, see de, do.
  4. (eclipsing), conj., if, folld. by subj. 1. pres. dá ndáilear, 9415; dá roinnear, 9419; dá raibhe, 800, 3224; dá rabhaid, 8033, 9064; dá ndearna, 1622, 8029; dá ndearnam, 4135; dá dteagmha, 318, 2302; dá gcongbhaidh, 1576; dá tuitidh, 3984; dá gcrothaidh, 876; dá lingid, 9978; so pass., dá leantar, 3423; dá gcuirthear, 9368; 2. more often with past subj. dá mbeith, 1047, 3061; dámadh, 2867; dá ndeachadh, 3385; dá labhrainn, 9411; dá dtugdaois, 872; dá n-abradh, 3217; dá maireadh, 3058; dá mairdís, 5335; dá saoileadh, 10061; dá gcailltí, 10153; dá meastaoi, 3420.—A co-ordinate hypothetic clause is often introduced by agus go, with fut. or cond.: dá bhfillidh...7 go ndiongnaidh, 9087; dá bhfógradh...7 go n-íosadh, ‘if he were to order his son not to eat, and the son should eat in spite of him,’ 3371; dá raibhe saidhbhreas ag neach, 7 go gcreanfadh ré deirc, ‘if any have wealth, and that he spend it on charity,’ 10049

Trí Bior-Ghaoithe an Bháis: The Three Shafts of Death. Author: Geoffrey Keating. Editor: Osborn Bergin.

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