birr


birr
birr1
/berr/, n.
1. force; energy; vigor.
2. emphasis in statement, speech, etc.
3. a whirring sound.
v.i.
4. to move with or make a whirring sound.
[1275-1325; ME bire, bur, OE byre strong wind; c. Icel byrr favorable wind; akin to BEAR1]
birr2
/bear/, n., pl. birr.
a paper money, silver coin, and monetary unit of Ethiopia, equal to 100 cents: replaced the Ethiopian dollar in 1976.

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Irish  Biorra 
 urban district and market town, County Offaly, Ireland, on the River Camcor. A monastery was founded there by St. Brendan of Birr (d. c. 573). In 1620 Birr Castle, the principal stronghold of the O'Carrolls, and the surrounding area were granted to Lawrence Parsons of Leicestershire, Eng., whose descendants became the earls of Rosse. Present-day industrial activities include the production of footwear and plastic coverings. Pop. (2002) 3,590; (2006) 4,091.

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