As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- m. [Ivar Aasen rosmaal; Engl. wal-rus and A. S. bors-hwæl are prob. corrupt forms of the same word: it is not known how the former part of the compd is to be explained]:—a walrus, Jb. 310, K. Þ. K. 112, BS. i. 641; and in local names, Rosmhvala-nes, in Icel., whence Rosm-hvelingar, m. pl. the men from R., Sturl. i. 224: rosm-hvalr and rostungr are synonymous, so that in the Jb. some MSS. have the one word, some the otheR.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚱᚢᛋᛘ-ᚼᚢᛅᛚᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- A. S.
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
Works & Authors cited:
- Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
- Ivar Aasen
- Ivar Aasen’s Dictionary, 1850.
- Jóns-bók. (B. III.)
- K. Þ. K.
- Kristinn-réttr Þorláks ok Ketils = Kristinna-laga-þáttr. (B. I.)
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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