hræ

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse hræ, from Proto-Germanic *hraiwą.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hræ n

  1. carcass; body of a dead animal or human
  2. (figuratively, informal) a worn out and useless machine

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

It is considered coarse and unbefitting to use this word for a human corpse in the modern language, although it seemed to be commonly used without insult in earlier times.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (carcass): lík (usually of a human corpse), nár (human corpse)

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