Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Irish
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Origin of Irish
Middle English Irisce (12th c.), from Old English Īras, from Old Norse írar, from Old Irish Ériu (modern Éire (“Ireland”)), from Proto-Celtic *Īwerjū (“fat land, fertile”), from Proto-Indo-European *pi-wer- (“fertile”), literally "fat," akin to Ancient Greek πίειρα (píeira, “fertile land”), Sanskrit [script?] (pívarī, “fat”).
Middle English from Old English Īras the Irish peiə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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