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Erse

[urs] /ɜrs/
noun
1.
Gaelic, especially Scots Gaelic.
adjective
2.
of or relating to Gaelic, especially Scots Gaelic.
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British Dictionary definitions for Erse

Erse

/ɜːs/
noun
1.
another name for Irish Gaelic
adjective
2.
of or relating to the Irish Gaelic language
Word Origin
C14: from Lowland Scots Erisch Irish; Irish being regarded as the literary form of Gaelic
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Word Origin and History for Erse

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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