Austr-hálfa

Old Norse Dictionary - austr-hálfa

Meaning of Old Norse word "austr-hálfa" in English.

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

austr-hálfa Old Norse word can mean:

austr-hálfa
u, f. [Hel. ôstarhalba = oriens], often spelt -álfa by dropping the h; the east, in old writers freq. of the Austria of the peace of Verdun, A. D. 843, including the Baltic and the east of Europe; sometimes also of the true east; um Garðaríki (Russia Minor) ok víða um a. heims, Fms. i. 96; í Görðum austr ok austrhólfunni, x. 275; í a. heims eru Þrjú Indialönd, A. A. 283; Licinius lagði undir sik víða a., Blas. 37; Adam ok Eva bygðu síðan í a. Þar sem Hebron heitir, Ver. 5, Stj. 67, 43: now used in Icel. = Asia, Vestrhálfa = America, Suðrhálfa = Africa, Norðrhálfa = Europe, Eyjaálfa = Australia.
austr-hálfa
COMPDS: austrhálfulýðr, austrhálfuþjóð.

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

Abbreviations used:

A. D.
Anno Domini.
f.
feminine.
freq.
frequent, frequently.
Hel.
Heliand.
Icel.
Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
l.
line.

Works & Authors cited:

A. A.
Antiquitates Americanae. (E. II.)
Blas.
Blasius Saga. (F. III.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Stj.
Stjórn. (F. I.)
Ver.
Veraldar Saga. (E. II.)
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