elja

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Icelandic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse eljan, from Proto-Germanic *aljaną. Cognate with Old English ellen (strength, courage).

Noun[edit]

elja f (genitive singular elju, no plural)

  1. endurance, perseverance
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse elja (rival wife). Cognate with Faroese eljustrið.

Noun[edit]

elja f (genitive singular elju, nominative plural eljur)

  1. concubine, mistress
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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *aljô (rival), *aljǭ (zeal), from Proto-Indo-European *al- (to burn).

Cognate with Middle Low German elle (rival wife).

Noun[edit]

elja f

  1. a rival wife

Descendants[edit]

  • Norwegian (Nynorsk): -
  • Norwegian (Bokmål): -
  • Swedish: -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • elja in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Entry "elja" on page 111 in: Geir T. Zoëga "A Concise Dictionary of Old Islandic", Oxford at the Claredon Press (1910).