hreinn

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Icelandic[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse hreinn, from Proto-Germanic *hrainiz.

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hreinn (comparative hreinni, superlative hreinastur)

  1. clean
  2. pure
  3. (slang) virgin
    Ertu ennþá hreinn?
    Are you still a virgin? (referring to a man)
    Ertu ennþá hrein?
    Are you still a virgin? (referring to a woman)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse hreinn.

Noun[edit]

hreinn m (genitive singular hreins, nominative plural hreinar)

  1. (male) reindeer
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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *khrinda, akin to German Renn (reindeer) and Old English hran (reindeer), most likely from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-.

Noun[edit]

hreinn m (genitive hreins, plural hreinar)

  1. reindeer

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Descendants[edit]

  • Norwegian (Nynorsk): rein
  • Norwegian (Bokmål): rein
  • Swedish: ren

References[edit]

  • Entry "hreinn" on page 209 in: Geir T. Zoëga "A Concise Dictionary of Old Islandic", Oxford at the Claredon Press (1910).