As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- m., better duft, [it properly means the powder of flowers or the like; so duft in Germ. means a sweet smell as from flowers; in old writers duft is rare, dust (q. v.) freq.; in mod. use dust is almost obsolete, and as these two words can hardly be distinguished in old MSS. (where ft and st look like one another), the transcribers have often substituted duft, where the old MS. has dust: again, dufta (a verb) is never used, but only dusta: duft is probably a foreign South-Teutonic word; the Swedish uses only the more homely sounding ånga, vide angi]:—powder; d. ok aska. Stj. 204, SkS. 211, Magn. 448: botan. pollen; dupt-beri, a, m. the stamen of a flower; dupt-knappr, m. the anther; dupt-þráðr, m. the filament, Hjalt.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛏᚢᛒᛏ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- frequent, frequently.
- q. v.
- quod vide.
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Works & Authors cited:
- Hjaltalín, Icelandic Botany.
- Magnús Saga jarls. (E. II.)
- Konungs Skugg-sjá. (H. II.)
- Stjórn. (F. I.)