Irish
Irish I*rish", n. sing. & pl. 1. pl. The natives or inhabitants of Ireland, esp. the Celtic natives or their descendants. [1913 Webster]

2. The language of the Irish; also called {Irish Gaelic} or the {Hiberno-Celtic}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. An old game resembling backgammon. [1913 Webster]

{get one's Irish up} to become angry. [PJC]


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