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  • proper n. A female given name occasionally borrowed from German around 1900.

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  • n. the Teutonic goddess of fertility; later identified with Norse Njord

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Invented in 19th century Germany from a misreading of Nerthus, name of an earth goddess in Germania (98 B.C.) by Tacitus; explained as "earth"; likely akin to Old Norse Njǫrðr, from Proto-Germanic *nerþuz ("vital power").

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