Origin of ers
Middle French < Old Provençal < Late Latin ervus, variant of Latin ervum. See ervil
- Gaelic, especially Scottish Gaelic.
- of or relating to Gaelic, especially Scottish Gaelic.
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- another name for Irish Gaelic
- of or relating to the Irish Gaelic language
Word Origin for Erse
C14: from Lowland Scots Erisch Irish; Irish being regarded as the literary form of Gaelic
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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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