veira

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined by Director General of public health Vilmundur Jónsson in 1955 based on feyra (putridness, mustiness; decay).

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Noun[edit]

veira f (genitive singular veiru, nominative plural veirur)

  1. virus (DNA/RNA causing disease)
  2. computer virus

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References[edit]

  • Sapir, Yair; Zuckermann, Ghil'ad (2008) , “Icelandic: Phonosemantic matching”, in Judith Rosenhouse & Rotem Kowner, editors, Globally speaking: Motives for adopting English vocabulary in other languages[1], Clevedon-Buffalo-Toronto: Multilingual Matters, pages 19–43