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See also: Irmin and irmin-


Old SaxonEdit

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  • sense 1: the link/reference ( doesn't work anymore. What was it and what was it supposed to be? If it just was a non-durably archived internet source, it's not sufficient as for WT:CFI. And if it was only a mentioning (maybe with some speculation) in a Dutch (.nl?) or Indogermanic dictionary (w:Julius Pokorny?), which seems rather likely with the wording "maybe", it's not sufficient for WT:CFI either.
  • sense 2: a given name is a noun proper and no adjective. Also cp. Irmin.
  • sense 3: what's this? A noun ("founder") or adjective? A sense or a guess ("possibly")? Also cp. Irmin (which seems to have a clearer wording, but could be less correct and more POV).
  • Derived terms: Is Irminsul a compound with irmin or a derived term with irmin-? Both entries give it as a derived term which doesn't work. Could it be that there is no prefix irmin- but only compounds with irmin? (wiktionary has a strange habit of making-up affixes like -person for compounds with person.)


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From Proto-Germanic *ermunaz. Cognates include Old High German ermen and Old Norse jǫrmun.



  1. "strong, whole", maybe also "strong, tall, exalted" [1].
  2. Irmin, a given name.
  3. Possibly, the mythical founder of the Hermiones tribe, or an epitheton of Ziu or Wotan.


Derived termsEdit

  • Irminsul, the "great pillar" of the Saxons.