RÓSTAID ‘roasts’ and related words such as RÓSTAIGTHE ‘roasted’ and RÓSTAD ‘roast meat’ have been identified only in Irish texts of the fourteenth century and later. These terms seem to derive from Norman French, just like the terms used in medieval Ireland for game birds such as partridge (PERTRIS) and pheasant (PHESAN, UESION). In all, the linguistic evidence suggests that the arrival of the Normans was connected with changes in the types of poultry consumed on the island and in the ways that food was prepared.
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