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

  • n. Mythology Any of Odin's handmaidens who conducted the souls of the slain to Valhalla.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of valkyrie.

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  • n. (Norse mythology) one of the maidens of Odin who chose heroes to be slain in battle and conducted them to Valhalla


Old Norse Valkyrja; see welə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The proper noun Valkyries was attested before the common noun valkyries. See the entry valkyrie for more. (Wiktionary)


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