sifji

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Old Norse sifi (a relation by marriage, an affinis) whence sifjungr (a relation by affinity).

Noun[edit]

sifji m (genitive singular sifja, nominative plural sifjar)

  1. (poetic, dated) a close relation, a close relative
    • The first verse of the poem "Þó þú langförull legðir" by Stephan G. Stephansson
      Þó þú langförull legðir
      sérhvert land undir fót,
      bera hugur og hjarta
      samt þíns heimalands mót,
      frænka eldfjalls og íshafs!
      sifji árfoss og hvers!
      dóttir langholts og lyngmós!
      sonur landvers og skers!
      Even if you, who have travelled far,
      would journey every land there is,
      both your heart and mind would
      bear the mould of your native land,
      oh aunt of the volcano and sea of ice!
      oh relative of the waterfall and hot spring!
      oh son of the hills and skerry!