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Having a lean and haggard appearance, often because of suffering, hunger, or age. Uncertain origin, possibly Old Norse “gand”=a tall thin man or stick.


Something that is extremely helpful and beneficial; a gift. Middle English “bon”=prayer, request < Old Norse “bon.”

A whale of streamlined appearance with pleated skin on the underside. Old Norse “reytharhvalr” < Scandinavian “rauthr”=red + “hvalr”=whale.

Type of grass found on sandy shores. Old Norse “maralmr”=sea grass < “marr”=sea + “halmr”=stem, stalk (of grass).

Wise and careful use of money, so that none is wasted. Middle English “thryft” < Old Norse “thrifa”=to grab, clutch, or grasp.

Something given to someone for free and willingly. Old English “gift” < Old Norse “gipt” < Old Germanic “*giftiz”=to give.

A strong taste, flavor, or smell; a sharp, point of a knife. Middle English “tonge” < Old Norse “tange”=point, sharp edge.

To catch the fascinated attention of someone. Old English “thrael” < Old Norse “thrall”=servitude, bondage, captivity.

The swell of the ocean caused by the wind. Old Norse “bylgya” < Germanic “belgan”=to swell up.

A small lake on a mountain. Middle English “terne” < Old Norse “tjorn.”

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