As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- f. [a Goth. form sail is assumed from sailjan = χαλαν, Mark ii. 4; A. S. sæl; Germ. seil]:—a string, line, esp. in Icel. used of a line on which fishermen string their catch of fish and trail them behind the boat; the word is rare in old writers, koma á seil e-m, to be carried along by one, Þd. 9; rás seil, Merl. 2. 12; seil grundar, ‘earth-thong,’ a snake, Lex. Poët.; seilar sól, a shield; þrym-seil, id.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛋᛁᛁᛚ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- A. S.
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
- idem, referring to the passage quoted or to the translation
Works & Authors cited:
- Lex. Poët.
- Lexicon Poëticum by Sveinbjörn Egilsson, 1860.
- Merlinus Spa. (A. III.)
- Þórs-drápa. (A. I.)
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