American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Mythology A hero of ancient Ulster who single-handedly defended it against the rest of Ireland.
“THE COMBAT OF FERDIAD  AND CUCHULAIN   The four grand provinces of Erin were side by side and against Cuchulain, from Monday before Samain-tide [a] to Wednesday after Spring-beginning, and without leave to work harm or vent their rage on the province of Ulster, while yet all the Ulstermen were sunk in their nine days '' Pains, 'and”
“There was no trial that Cuchulain could not support, and the fame of him drew on a combat with another Amazonian warrior, Aoifé, who, in the story that I heard, was Sgathach's daughter, though Lady Gregory in her fine book _Cuchulain of Muirthemne_ gives another version.”
“ HERE FOLLOWETH THE COMBAT OF LOCH AND CUCHULAIN ON THE TÁIN,   AND THE SLAYING OF LOCH SON OF MOFEMIS   Then it was debated by the men of Erin who would be fitted to fight and contend with Cuchulain and ward him off from them on the ford at the morning-hour early on the morrow.”
“ THE ACCOUNT OF THE APPEARANCE OF CUCHULAIN  [W. 2706.]  Early  the next morning Cuchulain came to observe the host and to display his comely, beautiful form to the matrons and dames and girls and maidens and poets and men of art, [a] for he did not consider it an honour nor becoming, the  wild,  proud shape of magic which had been manifested to them the night before.”
“ CUCHULAIN AND THE RIVERS   Now while the hosts proceeded from Ath Firdead ( 'Ferdiad's Ford') southwards, Cuchulain lay in his sickbed in that place. [”
“He wrote to me: "Your Cuchulain is a part of my daily bread.”
“Hence the famous name that stuck to him, namely Cuchulain, after he had killed the hound that was Culann's the Smith's.”
“Indolb arrived to help and to succour their friend, namely Cuchulain,”
“( 'Cuchulain's Throng') on Tarthesc is the name of this tale in the Reaving of the Kine of Cualnge. [”
“A day or two ago I had a letter from one of the best Greek scholars and translators in England, who says of my "Cuchulain": "It opened up a great world of beautiful legend which, though accounting myself as an”
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