stælhran

Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

First element unclear, but the second part of the compound is hrān (reindeer). This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈstæl.xrɑːn/, [ˈstæɫ.r̥ɑːn]

NounEdit

stælhrān m

  1. decoy reindeer (used to catch wild reindeer)
    • c. 900, The Voyages of Ohthere and Wulfstan:
      Ðā dēor hī hatað hrānas; ðara wǣron syx stӕlhrānas; ða bēoð swӯðe dӯre mid Finnum, forðǣm hīe fōð ðā wildan hrānas mid.
      They call these wild animals, reindeer; six of them were decoy-reindeer; they are valuable to the Finns, because they capture the wild reindeer with [them].

DeclensionEdit