[hahy-bur-nee-uh] /haɪˈbɜr ni ə/

noun, Latin.
/haɪˈbɜːnɪə; hɪˈbɜːnɪə/
the Roman name for Ireland

Roman name for Ireland, from Old Celtic *Iveriu “Ireland” (see Irish). Form altered in Latin as though it meant “land of winter” (see hibernation).


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