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1. The people of Scotland who settled in Ulster or their descendants, especially those who emigrated to North America. Also called Scotch-Irish. See Usage Note at Scottish.

Scots′-I′rish adj.
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or Scots-Irish

1. (used with a pl. v.) the descendants of the Lowland Scots who were settled in Ulster in the 17th century.
2. of or pertaining to the Scotch-Irish.
usage: See Scotch.
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