As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
mata Old Norse word can mean:
- 1. u, f. [matr], provender, a mess; of a crew, Kolbeinn lét Hrapp þá fara mötu til sín, Nj. 128, v. l.; the food of fishermen: a fee to the priest (paid in butter), called prests-mata.
- COMPDS: mötunautr, mötuneyti.
- 2. að, [matr], to feed another, as the nurse does the sick and children; hann getr ekki matað sig, það verðr að mata hann, of a person who cannot even eat without assistance.
- II. reflex. matask, to eat, take food, take a meal, Nj. 175, Fms. i. 35, Fb. ii. 273, Eg. 232, K. Þ. K. 136; spurði hví hann mataðisk svá seint, why he went on eating so slowly, Eb. 244.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛘᛅᛏᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- v. l.
- varia lectio.
Works & Authors cited:
- Njála. (D. II.)
- Eyrbyggja Saga. (D. II.)
- Egils Saga. (D. II.)
- Flateyjar-bók (E. I.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- K. Þ. K.
- Kristinn-réttr Þorláks ok Ketils = Kristinna-laga-þáttr. (B. I.)
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This headword also appears in dictionaries of other languages descending from Old Norse.