As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
bygð Old Icelandic word can mean:
- 1) colonization (frá Íslands ~);
- 2) abode, habitation; setja, hefja ~ sína es staðar, to fix one’s abode in a place; fœra ~ sína, to remove; banna (lofa, leyfi) em ~, to forbid (allow) one to settle in a place;
- 3) inhabited land or district, opp. to ‘úbygðir’, deserts.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᚢᚴᚦ
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