As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- a, m. a painful, hard death, 655 xxxii. 17.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛁᚱᚠᛁᚦᛁᛋ-ᛏᛅᚢᚦᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
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