As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
dreki Old Norse word can mean:
- a, m. [from the Gr. δράκων; Lat. draco; A. S. draca; Germ. drache; Engl. dragon; Swed. drake; Dan. drage]:—a dragon, Al. 160, 656 A, Gullþ. ch. 4; this word, which undoubtedly is of foreign origin, is however very old; it occurs in Vsp. 65 (there is no reason to suspect the genuineness of this verse); it is most freq. used by poets of the 10th and 11th centuries, and is especially used of ships of war bearing a dragon’s head as beakS. FmS. ii. 179, 182, 217, 303, iv. 354, v. 311, vi. 314, 360, vii. 51, 109, 248, x. 36, 77, 204–206, xi. 45, 375.
- β. the constellation Scorpion, Rb. 408.
- 2. naut. a small anchor.
- COMPDS: drekahamr, drekahöfuð, drekalíki, drekamerki.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛏᚱᛁᚴᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- A. S.
- frequent, frequently.
Works & Authors cited:
- Alexanders Saga. (G. I.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Gull-Þóris Saga. (D. II.)
- Völuspá. (A. I.)
- Rímbegla. (H. III.)
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