Ginnungagap

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse *ginnungr of uncertain origin and meaning + gap (gap, empty space). According to some sources, the former term is related to Proto-Germanic *ginnaną, from which *biginnaną (to begin) descended, thus meaning "primeval", while other sources compare the term with Old Norse ginn-heilagr (most holy), used of the supreme gods, therefore giving the meaning "mighty, vast".

Proper noun[edit]

Ginnungagap n (genitive Ginnungagaps)

  1. (Norse mythology) Ginnungagap, primordial chaos