on-chú, onchú

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wild beast (metaph. 'warrior'), battle standard. conairt onchon saothrach sróill, a pack of vigorous silken-clad warriors, 805. scaoiltear leó...dá n-onchonaibh sróill, they release their wild beasts (warriors), 809. In each example the poet, judging by the epithets employed (saothrachsróill) is playing with the secondary meaning 'battle-standard.' Cf. draig.

Poems on the Butlers of Ormond, Cahir and Dunboyne (A.D. 1400–1650). Editor: James Carney.

f., some wild animal of the dog tribe, variously rendered ‘wolf,’ ‘leopard,’ ‘lynx,’ etc., 1160; gen. –chon, 3128; pl. dat. –chonaibh, 3875

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