Blika

Old Norse Dictionary - blika

Meaning of Old Norse word "blika" in English.

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

blika Old Norse word can mean:

blika
1. u, f. light clouds foreboding storms, such as the Engl. call ‘mare’s tails,’ (regn-blika, vind-blika), hence the saying, e-m lízt ekki a blikuna, when matters look threatening; freq. in mod. usage, though no instance is on record in old writers.
blika
2. medic. pallor, Dan. blegesot,l. ix. 201.
blika
2. að, and blíkja, bleik, bliku, an old obsolete poët. form, of which only remain the forms, 3rd pers. pl. pret. bliku, fulgebant, Vkv. 6, Fas. i. 186 (in a verse): infm., blíkja, Hkr. i. 96 (in a verse); 3rd pers. pl. pres. blíkja, fulgent, Grág. ii. 170, in an old law form; part. blíkjanda, Edda 231, [Lat. fulgere; Germ. blicken, cp. blitzen; Engl to blink]:—to gleam, twinkle, Lat. micare; the stars ‘blika,’ the sun ‘skín;’ used of arms, skildir bliku þeirra við hinn skarða mána, Vkv. l. c.; bliku reið er Regin átti, Fas. l. c.; á baki létu blíkja (of the shields), Hkr. l. c.; skildir blika við 1 Rauðaskriðum, Nj. 143, cp. Grág. ii. 170; blikuðu þar skildir við, Eg. 724; blika við sólu, Fbr. 156; blíkjanda (part.) böl, gleaming bale, of the hall of Hela, Edda l. c.

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

Abbreviations used:

Engl.
English.
f.
feminine.
freq.
frequent, frequently.
gl.
glossary.
l.
line.
mod.
modern.
Dan.
Danish.
medic.
medicine, medically.
n.
neuter.
cp.
compare.
Germ.
German.
Lat.
Latin.
l. c.
loco citato.
m.
masculine.
part.
participle.
pers.
person.
pl.
plural.
poët.
poetically.
pres.
present.
pret.
preterite.
v.
vide.
v. l.
varia lectio.

Works & Authors cited:

Fél.
Félags-rit.
Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Eg.
Egils Saga. (D. II.)
Fas.
Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
Fbr.
Fóstbræðra Saga. (D. II.)
Grág.
Grágás. (B. I.)
Hkr.
Heimskringla. (E. I.)
Nj.
Njála. (D. II.)
Vkv.
Völundar-kviða. (A. II.)
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