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See also: galdor-

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From Proto-Germanic *galdrą, *galdraz (magical song, incantation), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰel- (to shout, sing, charm, enchant). Cognate with Old Saxon *galdar, Old High German galdar, kalter (spell, enchantment), Old Norse galdr (Icelandic galdur, enchantment, spell). Related to Old English galan (to sing, shout). More at yell.



galdor n

  1. song, incantation; enchantment, spell, divination
  2. charm; magic; sorcery
    • Beowulf 3053-54
      Þonne wæs þæt yrfe, eacencræftig, iumonna gold, galdre bewunden
      That huge cache, gold inherited from an ancient race, was under a spell
  3. sound


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