Ar 7:00 PM -0700 5/31/99, scríobh Deborah White:
>I'm assuming that this is related to the Scottish Gaelic word "machair",
Both Old Irish and Modern both have "machaire" (= achar fairsing
réidh talún; páirc). I believe it's taken to be an extension of
OI 'mag' (later 'magh', now 'má'). A trad. etymology is magh + tír.