Lecan glossary

  • Irish
  • Irish glossaries

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.
Extracts / fragments
  • Irish
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


Irish glossaries


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.