As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
eðli Old Icelandic word can mean:
- (in old MSS. written øðli), n.
- 1) nature; manns ~, mannligt ~, human nature; arnar ~, the eagle’s nature; þat er í móti náttúrligu ~, it is against the order of nature;
- 2) origin, extraction (hann var valskr at ætt ok ~);
- 3) fœtus (þótti henni kviknat hafa ~ sitt).
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛁᚦᛚᛁ
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