> If “crithir”, spark or quivering, were derived in OI from “crith”, could
“beithir” be a relatively late creation
> derived from “bith” and/or “betha”? Possibly with semantic leakage from
“cethir”? Maybe a portemaneau,
> a made-up name for a made-up creature? Tá a fhios agam gur beag an baol
é, ach toisc nach bhfuil
> aon réiteach eile againn, is fiú an cheist a chur.
I was also wondering if it might be some taboo-related deformation of
cethir (which, of course, would rule out any connection with Welsh Bedwyr).
As a side note (for those who are unaware), Eric P. Hamp ("Some Archaic
Greek Compounds", The American Journal of Philology, Vol. 106, No. 2,
Summer, 1985, pp. 222-225) discusses cethir "beast, four-footed animal" and
etymologizes it as *kwetur-ped-s "four-foot".
- Chris Gwinn