Words and Proper Names

Fer Fí

Hamp (Eric P.): Varia: II. 2. Gwion and Fer Fí.
In Ériu 29 (1978), pp. 152–153.
Argues that the mythological names W Gwion and Ir. derive from same root as OIr. ‘venom, poison’; furthermore, Fer Hí (LL 27b5), rather than representing ‘stem, tree’ as suggested in DIL E 145.19 (s.v. 3 ), represents the generalisation of lenited Fhí.