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[kawr-uh-nuh kh, kor-] /ˈkɔr ə nəx, ˈkɒr-/
(in Scotland and Ireland) a song or lamentation for the dead; dirge.
1490-1500; < Scots Gaelic corranach, Irish coránach dirge Unabridged
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/ˈkɒrənəx; -nək/
(Scot or Irish) a dirge or lamentation for the dead
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C16: from Scottish Gaelic corranach; related to Irish rānadh a crying
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in Celtic tradition, choral lament or outcry for the dead; also, a funeral song sung or shrieked by Celtic women. Though observers have frequently reported hearing such songs in Ireland or in the Scottish Highlands, no such songs have been recorded. The Scottish border ballad "The Bonny Earl of Murray" is supposedly composed in the tradition of the coronach. It begins: Ye Highlands, and ye Lawlands,Oh where have you been?They have slain the Earl of Murray,And they layd him on the green

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