from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old woman.
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About twelve o'clock at night, when the Amadan was sleeping soundly, up comes a _cailliach_ [old hag] and four _badachs_ [unwieldy big fellows], and the cailliach carried with her a feather and a bottle of
Up sprang the Amadan, and at him leaped they all -- Slat Mor, Slat Marr, Slat Beag, the cailliach, and the four badachs.
And when the old cailliach was dying, she called the Amadan to her and put him under _geasa_ [an obligation that he could not shirk] to lose the power of his feet, of his strength, of his sight, and of his memory, if he did not go to meet and fight the Black Bull of the Brown