David Stifter wrote:
> I would rather start from "femm", "femmain" = "seaweed"...
Here are some entries in FGB on the development of the word in Modern
feam - 1. tail; 2. stalk, stem, rod; 3. sea-rod
feamach - tailed, stemmed
feimín - little tail
feimíneach - tail-eating animal
The latter brings to mind an ouroboros. Or possibly the intertwined
zoomorphic capital lettters in the MSS, although when they bite, it's
generally not their own tails. But Focal.ie, the on-line
terminological database, indicates that "feimíneach" is an
agricultural term refering to a "tail-eating cow", otherwise known as
a "bearrthóir" or "bearradóir". Apparently this a cow with the habit
of chewing on the hair of her own or other cows' tails.
Is a hypocrite somehow a tail-chewer? Just asking. ;-)