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- n. The Runic alphabet as used to write Old English.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Runic alphabet; -- so called from the first six letters f, u, þ (th), o (or a), r, c (=k). See futharc.
The runes taken collectively are properly called the futhorc, the word being made up of the names of the first of the runes.
How many know what the futhark is, and how it differs from the futhorc?
On the next page, in the course of a brief mention of futhorc runes, he says "with th—known as the thorn—being elided into a single symbol"; again I was puzzled—it's the symbol that's known as thorn, not whatever he means by the "th being elided."
Hence the letter collection was known as futhark, futhark, futhorc, or futhork.
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