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  • n. Any of the female attendants of Odin, figures said to guide fallen warriors from the battlefield to Valhalla.


From Old Norse valkyrja ("chooser of the slain", singular), plural valkyrjur (plural), either from Germanic roots equivalent to, or formed in Norse from, the elements valr ("the slain") + kjósa ("to choose"). Cognate to Old English wælcyrge. First attested in English as a proper noun (Valkyries) in the 1770s; attested as a common noun (valkyries) since the 1880s. (Wiktionary)



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