Aurr

Old Norse Dictionary - aurr

Meaning of Old Norse word "aurr" in English.

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

aurr
s, m., prop. wet clay or loam, but also in Eggert Itin. p. 682 of a sort of clay, cp. Ivar Aasen S. v. aur. In A. S. eâr is humus; in the Alvismál one of the names of the earth is aurr (kalla aur uppregin). In the Völuspá the purling water of the well of Urda is called aurr; hence the paraphrase in the Edda, þær taka hvern dag vatn í brunninum, ok með aurinn (the clay, humus) er liggr um brunninn, ok ausa upp yfir askinn. Elsewhere used simply of mud, wet soil, aurr etr iljar en ofan kuldi, GS. 15; auri trödd und jóa fótum, Gh. 16; ok við aur ægir hjarna, bragnings burs of blandinn varð, his brains were mixed with the mud, Ýt. 16; aurr ok saurr, mud and dirt, Ann. 1362; hylja auri, humo condere, in a verse in the Konn. S.

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

Abbreviations used:

A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
cp.
compare.
m.
masculine.
n.
neuter.
prop.
proper, properly.
S.
Saga.
s. v.
sub voce.
v.
vide.

Works & Authors cited:

Ann.
Íslenzkir Annálar. (D. IV.)
Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Gh.
Guðrúnar-hefna. (A. II.)
Gs.
Grótta-söngr. (A. II.)
Itin.
Itinerarium or Travels of Eggert Ólafsson, 1772.
Ivar Aasen
Ivar Aasen’s Dictionary, 1850.
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