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Brünnhilde

[broo n-hil-duh; German bryn-hil-duh] /brʊnˈhɪl də; German ˌbrünˈhɪl də/
noun
1.
the heroine of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs.
Compare Siegfried.
2.
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  • She meant to be a Wagner singer, an extraordinary Isolde and brunnhilde.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • Don't you remember the white horse of brunnhilde in 'Siegfried'?

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • Who is the Siegfried that will release this brunnhilde from her bed of fire?

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • His passion encompassed me; I felt like brunnhilde surrounded by a sea of flame.

    Marie Tarnowska

    Annie Vivanti
  • Then spake Wotan again, his eyes dwelling ever on brunnhilde.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • Then brunnhilde started up, for she saw what was in Wotan's mind.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • Then brunnhilde was very sorry, yet what was to be, was to be.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • Then did the tumult and trouble in brunnhilde's heart seethe and stir.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • But in the middle of that light there appeared brunnhilde floating there, and lo!

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • "The wildest, fiercest ride that ever brunnhilde sped," she cried.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
brunnhilde in Culture
Brünnhilde [(broohn-hil-duh)]

A character in Norse mythology, also known by the name Brynhild. Brünnhilde, a Valkyrie, or woman servant of Odin, loved the hero Siegfried. After she found out that he had deceived her, she had him killed and committed suicide.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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