Lecan glossary

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A glossary, or group of glossaries, that is probably best represented by a copy in the Book of Lecan. Unlike Sanas Cormaic or O'Davoren's glossary, which tend to comment on the terms under consideration, it usually provides single words to gloss difficult words. Notable exceptions include §§ 203-222.

Lecan glossary
See the comments below for an explanation of this name.
ff. 126rb–126vb p. 184b
rubric: ‘Incipit do dubfhoclaibh annseo sis’
Abridged copy.
Extracts / fragments
pp. 415–416; 663a–667
Stokes also considered the glossarial material in C i z (sic) = RIA MS C i 2 to be derivations from an archetype of the Lecan glossary. This material was later edited separately as the Stowe glossaries (see there).
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Textual relationships

Possible sources as suggested by Stokes:

  • for §§ 59-94, poems in the Liber hymnorum
  • for §§ 477-565, Egerton metrical glossary
  • perhaps (sources shared by) the metrical glossaries Forus focal and Deirbhshiúr glossary
(Possible) sources: Egerton metrical glossaryEgerton metrical glossaryMetrical Irish glossary as it stands in the fragment of this text in Egerton 90. It defines 154 head-words in the course of 29 qq.Forus focalForus focalA metrical Irish glossary (75 qq).Deirbhshiúr glossaryDeirbhshiúr glossaryMetrical Irish glossary, which deals with c.193 head-words in the course of over 6o qq.


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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Stokes, Whitley, “The Lecan glossary”, Archiv für celtische Lexikographie 1 (1900): 50–100.
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[ed.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “On the metrical glossaries of the mediaeval Irish”, Beiträge zur Kunde der indogermanischen Sprachen 29 (1893): 1–120.
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Contains an edition of the glosses corresponding to the Egerton metrical glossary.
Dennis Groenewegen
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