As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- axla-bönd (axla-bǫnd)
- n. pl. ‘shoulder-straps,’ braces (mod.): they were unknown to the ancients, who kept up their nether-garments by a rope or belt round the waist (brók-lindi, bróka-belti).
Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, axla-bönd may be more accurately written as axla-bǫnd.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᛋᛚᛅ-ᛒᚢᚾᛏ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements