þyrs

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *þurisaz. Cognate with Old High German duris(demon), Old Saxon thuris(the rune þ), Old Norse þurs(giant).

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Noun[edit]

þyrs m

  1. monster, demon, giant
    • Exeter Book, Riddle 40, 62-63 (late 10th century):
      Ic mēsan mæg meahtelīcor / ond efnetan ealdum þyrse
      I can gorge more greedily / and eat at least as much as an old giant
    • Maxims II, 42-43 (early 11th century):
      Þyrs sceal on fenne gewunian / ana innan lande.
      The monster must live in the fen / alone in its land.

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