kemba hærurnar

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From kemba(to comb) + hærurnar(the gray hairs) the definite accusative plural of hæra(gray hair). Meaning "to comb gray hairs".

Verb[edit]

kemba hærurnar

  1. (dated) to grow old, to age
    kemba ekki hærurnar.
    To die young.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used with the adverb ekki(not) meaning "to comb no gray hairs" literally meaning to die so early so one gets not a chance to comb one's hair in old age; to "die early" or to "die in the prime of life".