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See also: fotr and fötr

Old Norse[edit]


From Proto-Germanic *fōts, whence also Old Saxon fōt, Old English fōt (whence the English foot), Old High German fuoz (whence the German Fuss), Gothic 𐍆𐍉𐍄𐌿𐍃 (fotus). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pṓds.


fótr m

  1. a foot
    Dofinn er mér fótr minn.
    My leg is dead (literally: "deaf is for me my leg").

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word distinguishes between various animals where fótr is used of men, horses, cattle, sheep, etc.. When referring to beasts of prey as bears and lions hrammr (a paw) is used, when referring to cats, dogs and mice löpp (a paw) is used, of birds of prey as ravens or eagles klœr (claws) is used and hreifi (fins) is used of seals.


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