- A large rowing boat or barge of a kind formerly used in the Western Islands of Scotland.More example sentences
- The birlinns or galleys used to come up the loch to here.
- Galleys are direct descendants of Viking ships - the Gaelic name birlinn probably derives from byrdingr, a type of small Norse cargo vessel.
- Even while Sweno spoke, the birlinn touched a low sea-hidden ledge of rock.
late 16th century: Scottish Gaelic.