As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
karl Old Icelandic word can mean:
- (-s, -ar), m.
- 1) man, opp. to woman (brigðr er karla hugr konum);
- 2) a man of the common people, a carle;
- 3) old man.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚴᛅᚱᛚ
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