from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of erne.
  • v. To run; flow.
  • v. To (cause to) coagulate; curdle (milk) by adding rennet and applying heat.
  • v. To stir with strong emotion; grieve; mourn.
  • v. To pain; torture.
  • v. (of the eyes) To cause to water; smart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sea eagle, esp. the European white-tailed sea eagle (Haliæetus albicilla).
  • intransitive v. To stir with strong emotion; to grieve; to mourn. [Corrupted into yearn in modern editions of Shakespeare.]

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Obsolete forms of earn.
  • Obsolete forms of earn.
  • Same as earn.
  • n. See earn.
  • n. A retired place or habitation: chiefly in composition. See etymology.
  • n. A termination of Latin origin, occurring in nouns, as in cavern, cistern, lantern, tavern, etc., also in adjectives, as modern, but in adjective use generally extended with -al, as in eternal, fraternal, maternal, paternal, external, internal, infernal, supernal, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bulky greyish-brown eagle with a short wedge-shaped white tail; of Europe and Greenland


Alteration of erne (Wiktionary)
From Middle English ernen, from Old English irnan, iernan ("to run, move quickly"), metathetic variant of rinnan ("to run"). More at run. (Wiktionary)
Of obscure origin. Perhaps an alteration of erme, from Middle English ermen, from Old English yrman, ierman. Compare also Old Scots urn, uren. More at erme. (Wiktionary)



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