from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island of western Scotland in the southern Inner Hebrides. An early center of Celtic Christianity, the island is a popular tourist site.

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  • proper n. A small island in the Inner Hebrides.
  • proper n. A female given name of mostly Scottish usage, derived from the place name.


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Possibly a misreading of Latin Ioua, Gaelic Ì, Old Norse ey "island".


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