As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- a, m. [A. S. witiga = a prophet; whence Engl. wizard, witch; O. H. G. wizago; of which word the mod. Germ. weissager is a corruption, as if from sagen]:—prop. a wise man, but only used of a wizard; eru völur allar frá Víðólfi, vitkar allir frá Vilmeiði, Hdl. 32; vitka líki (in a warlock’s shape) fórtu verþjóð yfir, LS. 24.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚢᛁᛏᚴᛁ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- A. S.
- O. H. G.
- Old High German.
- proper, properly.
Works & Authors cited:
- Hyndlu-ljóð. (A. II.)
- Loka-senna. (A. I.)
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