As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
yfir-seta Old Norse word can mean:
- u, f. a ‘sitting-over,’ sedulity; mæðask í vökum ok yfirsetu, 655 xii. 3, H. E. i. 585; ekki ætlaða ek at þat væri mín y. (my business) at dæma milli þeirra, Fms. ix. 334.
- 2. a holding back; y. á landskyld, D. N. vi. 320.
- 3. medic. midwifery; in yfirsetu-kona, u, f. a midwife, Stj. 189, as also in mod. usage.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚢᚠᛁᚱ-ᛋᛁᛏᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- medicine, medically.
Works & Authors cited:
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- H. E.
- Historia Ecclesiastica Islandiae. (J. I.)
- D. N.
- Diplomatarium Norvagicum. (J. II.)
- Stjórn. (F. I.)
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