Dumba

Old Norse Dictionary - dumba

Meaning of Old Norse word "dumba" in English.

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

dumba
u, f. a mist; cp. the mod. dumbungr, m. a dark, misty, gloomy sky. dumbungs-veðr, m. gloomy weather. In the east of Icel. dumba is the bran of oats when ground,l. ii. 155; in Edda (Gl.) it is even mentioned as a sort of seed; hann (the wizard) hristi einn poka, ok þar ór fýkr ein dumba svört (black powder like mist) … blés þar ór vindi miklum móti dumbunni, svá at hon fauk aptr í augu á Gríms mönnum, svá þeir urðu þegar blindir, Fas. iii. 338. dumbr, m. id., also occurs as a name of a giant, the misty; the Polar Sea is called Dumbs-haf = the Misty, Foggy Sea, cp. Bárð. ch. 1; cp. also Gr. τυφος, τυφών, which probably are kindred words.

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

Abbreviations used:

ch.
chapter.
cp.
compare.
f.
feminine.
Gr.
Greek.
Icel.
Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
id.
idem, referring to the passage quoted or to the translation
l.
line.
m.
masculine.
mod.
modern.

Works & Authors cited:

Bárð.
Bárðar Saga. (D. V.)
Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Fas.
Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
Fél.
Félags-rit.
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