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The collection of regions in Ireland where Irish Gaelic is spoken as a native language.

[Irish Gaelic, from Gael, a Gael; see Gael.]
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(ˈɡɛːltəxt) or


(Placename) any of the regions in Ireland in which Irish Gaelic is the vernacular speech. The form Gaeltacht is sometimes also used to mean the region of Scotland in which Scottish Gaelic is spoken. See also Gaidhealtachd
[C20: from Irish Gaelic]
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