As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- f. and mod. birta, u, f. [Goth. bairhti], brightness, light, the old form birti is used Luke ii. 9, in the N. T. of 1540, and the Bible of 1584, and still kept in the 11th Ed. of Vidal. (1829); otherwise birta, Pass. 8. 19, 41. 10; birta also occurs Stj. 81, Fb. i. 122; but otherwise birti in old writers; birti ok fegrð, Fms. v. 344, x. 347; birti ægis, the gold, Edda 69; tunglsins birti, Stj. 26, Fms. i. 77.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᛁᚱᛏᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- s. v.
- sub voce.
Works & Authors cited:
- Edda. (C. I.)
- Flateyjar-bók (E. I.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- N. T.
- New Testament.
- Stjórn. (F. I.)
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