erse


noun

  1. Gaelic, especially Scottish Gaelic.

adjective

  1. of or relating to Gaelic, especially Scottish Gaelic.

noun

  1. another name for Irish Gaelic

adjective

  1. of or relating to the Irish Gaelic language

late 14c., early Scottish variant of Old English Irisc or Old Norse Irskr “Irish” (see Irish); applied by Lowland Scots to the Gaelic speech of the Highlanders (which originally is from Ireland); sense shifted 19c. from “Highlanders” to “Irish.”

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