gormur

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Icelandic[edit]

gormur

Etymology[edit]

Attested since the 17th century. From an unattested Old Norse *gormr, whence also Norwegian Nynorsk gorm, gurm (mud, sludge) and dialectal or obsolete Swedish gorm (filth; fish guts; fruit solids left over after pressing the juice out), from a Proto-Germanic *gurmaz. Related to ger and gor. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰer- (hot). The meaning “coil, spring” developed from the resemblance of metal coils to fish or animal intestines.

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gormur m (genitive singular gorms, nominative plural gormar)

  1. mud, sludge
  2. liquid animal faeces
  3. the guts or intestines of a fish
  4. a bottomless morass
  5. a coil spring (mechanical device)
  6. coil, spiral, helix, a coil-shaped object
  7. a coil of silver or gold wire for use in embroidery

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