Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The great ash tree that holds together earth, heaven, and hell by its roots and branches.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Scand. myth., the ash-tree which binds together heaven, earth, and hell.

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  • proper noun The World Tree in Norse mythology. The great ash tree.

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  • noun (Norse mythology) a huge ash tree whose roots and branches hold the earth and Heaven and Hell together

Etymologies

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

[Old Norse.]

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From Old Norse Yggdrasill. Commonly accepted as being composed yggr ("terrible") + drasill ("steed"), where “steed” refers to a hanging tree.

Examples

  • For the same reason, the Scandinavian cultures of northern Europe depicted the Universe as a great tree, which they called Yggdrasil, or “World Tree,” another teaching tool for the web of life.

    Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar

  • For the same reason, the Scandinavian cultures of northern Europe depicted the Universe as a great tree, which they called Yggdrasil, or “World Tree,” another teaching tool for the web of life.

    Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar

  • For the same reason, the Scandinavian cultures of northern Europe depicted the Universe as a great tree, which they called Yggdrasil, or “World Tree,” another teaching tool for the web of life.

    Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar

  • That was how it got the name Yggdrasil, the Horse of the Terrible One.

    Operation Luna

  • It became popularly known as Yggdrasil, after the world tree of ancient Norse mythology.

    Family Tree

  • It became popularly known as Yggdrasil, after the world tree of ancient Norse mythology.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • _Lead by renegade nun CRYSTAL SPIRIT, the Facers plan to launch their own expedition to a habitable extra solar planet called Yggdrasil, which circles Eta Cassiopeia, some twenty light years from our Sun.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • _The World-Ash_, generally called Yggdrasil's Ash, is one of the most interesting survivals of tree-worship.

    The Edda, Volume 1 The Divine Mythology of the North, Popular Studies in Mythology, Romance, and Folklore, No. 12

  • Along the Hume Hwy. east of Eden, a concrete Mountain Ash dubbed Yggdrasil boasts a wide-screen computer enhanced vista: an arrow-straight monorail running from Uluru clean through the Olgas.

    Unmanned

  • But where the Norse axis was a sacred ash tree called Yggdrasil, Dorchen's is a poker table.

    Chicago Reader

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