erne

erne

[urn]
noun
Also, ern.


Origin:
before 1000; Middle English ern, arn, Old English earn; cognate with Old High German arn (German Aar), Middle Low German arn(e); akin to Lithuanian erẽlis eagle, Greek órnīs bird

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erne or ern (ɜːn)
 
n
another name for the (European) sea eagle
 
[Old English earn; related to Old Norse örn eagle, Old High German aro eagle, Greek ornis bird]
 
ern or ern
 
n
 
[Old English earn; related to Old Norse örn eagle, Old High German aro eagle, Greek ornis bird]

Erne (ɜːn)
 
n
a river in N central Republic of Ireland, rising in County Cavan and flowing north across the border, through Upper Lough Erne and Lower Lough Erne and then west to Donegal Bay. Length: about 96 km (60 miles)

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erne
"sea eagle," from O.E. earn "eagle," a common Gmc. word (cf. O.H.G. arn, M.Du. arent, Goth. ara "eagle," also surviving in the first element of old Gmc. names such as Arnold and Arthur), from PIE base *er-/*or- "great bird, eagle" (cf. Gk. ornis "bird," O.C.S. orilu, Lith. erelis, Welsh eryr "eagle").
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