As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
beinn Old Icelandic word can mean:
- 1) straight; bein rás, straight course; beinstr vegr, the straightest (shortest) way;
- 2) hospitable (bóndi var ~ við þá); gera beint við e-n, to treat one kindly.
- a. -legged (ber~, bare-legged; digr~, thick-legged).
- m. a kind of tree, ebony?.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᛁᛁᚾᚾ
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