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Old Irish

  1. the Irish language before c900. Abbreviation: OIr
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Origin of Old Irish

First recorded in 1885–90
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Historical Examples of old irish

  • The language of the Triads may be described as late Old-Irish.

    The Triads of Ireland

    Kuno Meyer

  • In slender io-stems the dative singular in Old-Irish ends in -iu.

  • Druimm is an i-stem in Old-Irish, but in the later language passes into an n-stem.

British Dictionary definitions for old irish

Old Irish

  1. the Celtic language of Ireland up to about 900 ad, introduced to Scotland by Irish settlers about 500 a.d
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