As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- adj., spít-elska, u, f. [Dan. spedalsk], leprous, for the old hospitals were established for incurable lepers.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛋᛒᛁᛏᛅᛚᛋᚴᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements