As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
- n. the tongue of the balance, the mean between two extremes, moderation; hærra nafn en m. væri, than was fit and proper; gen. sing. ‘~s’, and gen. pl. ‘~a’ used as adv., moderately, in a fair degree (~s mikit, ~a heitr).
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛘᚢᚾᛏᛅᚾᚴ
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