As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
birkja Old Norse word can mean:
- 1. t, to bark, strip; b. við, Jb. 235, Stj. 177; cp. Gkv. 2. 12, birkinn viðr (= birki viðr?), Fms. viii. 33; b. hest, to flay a horse.
- 2. u, f. [Ivar Aasen byrkja], the sap of a young birch, sap, got by boring a hole in the bark and sucking; þeir átu safa ok sugu birkju við, they chewed the sprouts and sucked birch sap with it, Fms. viii. 33.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᛁᚱᚴᛁᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Guðrúnar-kviða. (A. II.)
- Jóns-bók. (B. III.)
- Stjórn. (F. I.)
- Ivar Aasen
- Ivar Aasen’s Dictionary, 1850.
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