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Note to Ív Sig 44II

[7] vellskata ‘the generous chieftain’: The first element of this cpd, vell-, means ‘gold’, while the second, -skati, is a poetic word for ‘man, chieftain’, preserved in ModNorw. skate ‘tree-trunk without branches’ and ModSwed. skate ‘tree-top’ or ‘tail’ (see AEW: skata).


  1. Bibliography
  2. AEW = Vries, Jan de. 1962. Altnordisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. 2nd rev. edn. Rpt. 1977. Leiden: Brill.


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