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To shine, glisten, or gleam brightly. Scottish, but of uncertain origin, possible Old Icelandic “skina”=to shine + “-le” suffix applied to verbs that happen repeatedly (e.g. “dazzle, twinkle, crackle”).

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A young cow that hasn’t had a calf. Middle English “que” < ?Old Icelandic “ky”=cow.

Showing an embarrassing amount of emotion; sickly sentimentality. C17th “feeling sickly” < Middle English “mauke”=maggot < Old Icelandic “mathkr”=maggot, grub.

The home of the mythical Norse gods. Old Icelandic “asgardr” < “ass”=god + “gardr”=enclosure, dwelling.

Late twilight or dusk. Scottish dialect < Old Icelandic “myrkna”=dark, gloomy + “-ing”=noun-forming suffix.

The end or twilight of the gods in Norse myth. Old Icelandic “ragna”=gods + “rok”=course of events, destiny.

Stick or wooden utensil used for stirring. Old Icelandic “möndull”=handle < “mund”=hand.

An ant. Early Scandinavian c.f. Old Icelandic “maurr,” Old Swedish “mor.”

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