As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
út-burðr Old Norse word can mean:
- m. a bearing out; skipleigu, uppburð ok útburð, unloading and freighting, of ships and cargo; útburðar eldr, a fire cast out, Gþl. 377.
- 2. esp. the exposing of infants (see bera A. III. 2); barna útburðr, Íb. 12: in popular superstition, the spirit of an exposed infant, which is heard in desert places to emit a shrill, piteous cry, hence the Icel. phrase, ‘to cry like an útburðr;’ in the earlier eccl. law, útburðr means the spirit of an infant that died unchristened; börn er eigi fengu skírn skyldi grafa útan við kirkju-garð, en áðr vóru þau grafin fjarri vígðum stoðum sem sekir menn, ok kölluðu fáfróðir menn þá útburði, Bs. i. 687. útburðar-væl, n. a piteous wailing heard in desolate places, of evil foreboding, cp. Maurer’s Volks. 59, and Ísl. Þjóðs. i.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚢᛏ-ᛒᚢᚱᚦᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
Works & Authors cited:
- Gulaþings-lög. (B. II.)
- Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
- Íslendinga-bók. (D. I.)
- Ísl. Þjóðs.
- Íslenzkar Þjóðsögur.
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