Blað

Old Norse Dictionary - blað

Meaning of Old Norse word "blað" in English.

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

blað Old Norse word can mean:

blað
n. [A. S. bläd; Germ. blatt; Hel. blad. Ulf. renders the Gr. φύλλον by laufs, Engl. leaf, Icel. lauf. The Engl. say a blade of grass or corn, a leaf of a tree; and so, in Icel., herbs or plants have blað, trees lauf]:—a leaf; blöð þess grass er … heitir, Pr. 472; blöð á lauk, Hervar. S. (in a verse): metaph. a veil, svá er mér sem hangi b. fyrir auga, FmS. iii. 126.
blað
2. of leaf-like objects, a leaf in a book, Germ. blatt, (never lauf, cp. blaðsiða, u, f. a page), Rb. 210, Ísl. ii. 460: of a painted diptych or the like, þar eru blöð tvau pentuð, Pm. 103.
blað
β. the skirt of a kirtle (skaut), Stj. 481, Eb. 226, Orkn. 474: Icel. now say kjól-laf, the skirt of a coat.
blað
γ. a blade, in various connections: the flat part of a thing, the blade of an oar, árar-blað, n. G. l. i. 59: of a rudder, FmS. ix. 503; knífs-bíað, the blade of a knife, BS. i. 385: a sword’s blade is in mod. usage called ‘blað,’ but in old writers brandr; spón-blað, the mouth-piece of a spoon; herðar-blað, the shoulder-blade, etc. Botan., blaðka, u, f., e. g. horblaðka, menyanthes: hófblaðka, caltha palustris; but rjúpnalauf, dryas, Hjalt.: blaðkr, m. in eyrna-blaðkr, ear-lap.

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

Abbreviations used:

A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
Engl.
English.
f.
feminine.
Germ.
German.
gl.
glossary.
Gr.
Greek.
Hel.
Heliand.
Icel.
Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
l.
line.
m.
masculine.
metaph.
metaphorical, metaphorically.
n.
neuter.
S.
Saga.
Ulf.
Ulfilas.
cp.
compare.
e. g.
exempli gratia.
etc.
et cetera.
L.
Linnæus.
mod.
modern.

Works & Authors cited:

Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Hervar. S.
Hervarar Saga. (C. II.)
Pm.
Pétrs-máldagi. (J. I.)
Rb.
Rímbegla. (H. III.)
Eb.
Eyrbyggja Saga. (D. II.)
Orkn.
Orkneyinga Saga. (E. II.)
Stj.
Stjórn. (F. I.)
Bs.
Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
Hjalt.
Hjaltalín, Icelandic Botany.
N. G. L.
Norges Gamle Love. (B. II.)
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