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IrishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Irish esba, espa, from Old Irish esbae, espe(uselessness, vanity, folly; idleness, play, wantonness), from ess- + bae(good, profit).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

easpa f ‎(genitive singular easpa, nominative plural easpaí)

  1. lack, want, absence
    • 1899, Franz Nikolaus Finck, Die araner mundart, Marburg: Elwert’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, vol. II, p. 30:
      tā šin duəl d æspə ūsāȷə.
      conventional orthography: Tá sin sual d’easpa úsaide.
      That is due to a lack of practice.
  2. (biology) deficiency, defect
  3. (medicine) abscess

DeclensionEdit

SynonymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

  • easpach(lacking, wanting; missing, lost; deficient, defective)

MutationEdit

Irish mutation
Radical Eclipsis with h-prothesis with t-prothesis
easpa n-easpa heaspa t-easpa
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ReferencesEdit

  • esba(e)” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • “easbaiḋ” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.
  • "easpa" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.