gljúfur

IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse gljúfr, possibly from Proto-Germanic *gleubō-, *gleubaz, *glub, *gleub-, from Pre-Germanic *glub (slit, opening), from a substrate language. See also Dutch glop (opening, hole) and gleuf (slit).

However, also compare gleypa (to gulp), from *gleupan, *glūpan.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

gljúfur n (genitive singular gljúfurs, nominative plural gljúfur)

  1. canyon, gorge

DeclensionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • van der Sijs, Nicoline, editor (2010), “gleuf”, in Etymologiebank, Meertens Institute
  • Kroonen, Guus (2013), “gleupan”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 181