As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- f. the nightingale; einn fugl þann er heitir philomela á Látinu en á Norrænu heitir súsvort, sumir kalla ok niktigalu, Barl. 39: the word is obsolete in Icel., and the passage in Barl. stands alone in the old literature; not even does the Edda (Gl. in the list of birds) record this word; but it is preserved in provincial Norse sysvorta (sisvorta, svisvorta) = turdus torquatus, the ring ousel, Ivar Aasen: the etymology is quite uncertain.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛋᚢᛋᚢᚢᚱᛏ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
Works & Authors cited:
- Barlaams Saga. (F. III.)
- Edda. (C. I.)
- Ivar Aasen
- Ivar Aasen’s Dictionary, 1850.
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