ælfsogoþa

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ælf (elf) +‎ sogoþa (hiccup, heartburn, internal pain)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ælfsogoþa m (nominative plural ælfsogoþan)

  1. a hiccup, heartache, or other disease ascribed to elvish influence.
    • Bald's Leechbook, British Library, Royal 12, D xvii, cited in [1].
      Gif him biþ ælfsogoða him beoþ þa eagan geolwe þær hi reade beon sceoldon.
      If the person has (an) ælfsogoða, his/her eyes will be yellow where they should be red.