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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *swalaz (cool, [originally: burningly] cold), Proto-Germanic *swelaną (to smoulder, burn slowly, create a burningly cold sensation), from Proto-Indo-European *swel- (to shine, warm, smoulder, burn). Akin to German schwül (sultry), Dutch zwoel (sultry), and Ancient Greek σέλας (sélas, luminous).

AdjectiveEdit

svalr (comparative svalari, superlative svalastr)

  1. cool, cold
    • Vǫluspá, stanza 3, lines 3–4:
      [] vara sandr né sær
      svalar unnir []
      [] there was no sand nor sea
      nor cool waves []

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ReferencesEdit

  • svalr in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press