A northern or Erse word to express a rock broken from a cliff, as the holm in Orkney and Shetland.
In the Manx and Erse, signifies a rock that can be seen before low-water.
Some word was cried to him in the Erse, he answered, for a moment he appeared to be going to stop.
A peculiar boat of the Orcades; also the Erse for a gurnard.
This was all the intelligence that I could obtain; nor have I been able to procure the translation of a single line of Erse.'
There is I think a kirk, in which only the Erse language is used.
They talked in their own language with fluent vivacity, and sang many Erse songs.
The Irishman accepts the Erse proverb, "Contention is better than loneliness."
O' course I knew an Erse and plumes and coal black 'osses is what they call a 'moral lesson.'
The Prince knew their names, spoke in a familiar way to them and some 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."