Amb-höfði

Old Norse Dictionary - amb-höfði

Meaning of Old Norse word "amb-höfði" (or amb-hǫfði) in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

amb-höfði (amb-hǫfði)
a, m. a nickname of uncertain signification. Egilsson supposes that of bi-ceps: most probably amb- denotes some animal; cp. Hjart-höfði, Hart-head, and Orkn-höfði, Seal-head, Sturl. i. 35 (in a verse).

Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, amb-höfði may be more accurately written as amb-hǫfði.

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᛘᛒ-ᚼᚢᚠᚦᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

Abbreviations used:

cp.
compare.
l.
line.
m.
masculine.
n.
neuter.

Works & Authors cited:

Sturl.
Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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