As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- n. [hvetja], a c ut or mark on a sheep’s ear, a slice cut off one side of the ear; hvatt framan, aptan hægra, vinstra; whence hvat-rifað, n. adj. a hvat with a rift: when the slice is cut on both sides of the ear so as to make it like a spear’s point, it is called fjöður, a feather.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᚢᛅᛏᛏ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
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