See also: medb

Middle Irish edit

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Etymology edit

From Proto-Celtic *medwā, from Proto-Indo-European *médʰu. Compare Middle Irish medb (intoxicating), from Proto-Celtic *medwos.

Pronunciation edit

  • (earlier, before ca. 1250) IPA(key): /mʲeðv/
  • (later, after ca. 1250) IPA(key): /mʲɛɣv/

Proper noun edit

Medb f

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Maeve, born notably by the queen of Connacht in the Ulster Cycle
    • c. 1000, The Tale of Mac Da Thó's Pig, section 1, published in Irische Teste, vol. 1 (1880), edited by Ernst Windisch:
      Tancas o Ailill ocus o Meidb do chungid in chon.
      People were sent from Ailill and from Medb to ask for the dog.

Inflection edit

  • Genitive singular: Meidbe
  • Accusative/dative singular: Meidb

Descendants edit

  • Irish: Méabh, Meadhbh, Méadhbh; Méibh
    • English: Maeve

Mutation edit

Middle Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
Medb Medb
pronounced with /ṽ(ʲ)-/
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.