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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A collection of Old Norse poems, called the Elder or Poetic Edda, assembled in the early 13th century.
  • n. A manual of Icelandic poetry, called the Younger or Prose Edda, written by Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A collection of Old Norse poems and tales from two medieval manuscripts found in Iceland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The religious or mythological book of the old Scandinavian tribes of German origin, containing two collections of Sagas (legends, myths) of the old northern gods and heroes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book written (in prose) by Snorri Sturluson (born about 1178, died by assassination 1241), containing the old mythological lore of Scandinavia and the old artificial rules for verse-making; also, a collection of ancient Icelandic poems.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. either of two distinct works in Old Icelandic dating from the late 13th century and consisting of 34 mythological and heroic ballads composed between 800 and 1200; the primary source for Scandinavian mythology
  • n. tropical starchy tuberous root

Etymologies

Old Norse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old Norse eddaĀ ("grandmother") (Wiktionary)

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