A northern or Erse word to express a rock broken from a cliff, as the holm in Orkney and Shetland.
There is I think a kirk, in which only the Erse language is used.
Some word was cried to him in the Erse, he answered, for a moment he appeared to be going to stop.
In the Manx and Erse, signifies a rock that can be seen before low-water.
This was all the intelligence that I could obtain; nor have I been able to procure the translation of a single line of Erse.'
A peculiar boat of the Orcades; also the Erse for a gurnard.
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."