As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- m., dat. hnykli, [Dan. nögle; Swed. nyckel; prob. a dimin. derived from hnoða]:—a clew of yarn: metaph. a clew-like thing; þoku-hnyklar, ský-h., wreaths of fog and clouds: of a tumor, Fas. ii. 453.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᚾᚢᚴᛁᛚᛚ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- metaphorical, metaphorically.
Works & Authors cited:
- Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
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