gljúfur

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Proto-Germanic *gleubō-, *gleubaz, *glub, *gleub-, from Pre-Germanic *glub (slit, opening), from a substrate language. See also Dutch glop (opening, hole) and gleuf (slit).

However, also compare gleypa (to gulp), from *gleupan, *glūpan.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gljúfur n (genitive singular gljúfurs, nominative plural gljúfur)

  1. canyon, gorge

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References[edit]

  • van der Sijs, Nicoline, editor (2010) , “gleuf”, in Etymologiebank, Meertens Institute
  • Kroonen, Guus (2013) , “gleupan”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 181