"Old or withered" could be the meaning of "ath" but somehow I get the idea that the fern being presented here is in a state that it would be caustic for usage. I think it might mean "new" or even "raw" in this case. I can't point to any specific source for this understanding (maybe thinking about rebirth?). It's just a feeling I have in the context of the other plants being presented. It's almost like poison ivy which would fit right in. Maybe a "second growth" of the fern (will have to look into characteristics od such things to see if they are more itchy or burning).
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From: "Dennis King" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [OLD-IRISH-L] athrathai luaid
Charles DeVane wrote:
> It seems to be some form of bracken or fern (rath) with "ath"
> meaning "another" and "luaid" having something to do with
> "quickness" or with "moving."
See the fourth comment under my blog posting for David Greene's
speculation regarding "raith = fern" and what "ath-" might mean: