Definition of erne in English:

erne

noun

literary
  • The sea eagle.

    • ‘This erne is common in North America, both by the coasts and by inland lakes, and also occurs in Northern Europe.’
    • ‘There were terns and ernes and gulls, myriad tropical varieties of birds of all shapes and sizes, albatrosses and finches and cranes…’
    • ‘The Erne is never a gregarious bird; its habits perhaps forbid the exercise of the sociable qualities.’

Origin

Old English earn ‘eagle’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch arend.

Pronunciation

erne

/əːn/