As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- n. a Gr. word [prob. = imperat. μεταβηθι, = go away]; the Orkn. S., in a report of Earl Rögnvald’s journey to Palestine in 1152, says that in Imbólar (= ἔμπολις? which the travellers took to be the name of a place) in Asia Minor when two persons met in a narrow lane the one used to shout, miðhæfi! miðhæfi! (answering to the Dan. varsko!), Orkn. 374.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛘᛁᚦ-ᚼᛅᚠᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
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Works & Authors cited:
- Orkneyinga Saga. (E. II.)