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runic

[roo-nik]
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adjective
  1. consisting of or set down in runes: runic inscriptions.
  2. having some secret or mysterious meaning: runic rhyme.
  3. (of ornamental knots, figures, etc.) of an interlaced form seen on ancient monuments, metalwork, etc., of the northern European peoples.
  4. of the ancient Scandinavian class or type, as literature or poetry.

Origin of runic

First recorded in 1655–65; rune1 + -ic
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Examples from the Web for runic

Historical Examples

  • Translated in Percy's Runic Poetry , p. 27, and often since.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker

  • It is trilingual--viz., Chinese, Uighur, and runic or Yenissei characters.

  • On the other sides are runic inscriptions in 77 lines at least.

  • But is it not strange that the runic characters are in so many places in this castle?

    Peak's Island

    Ford Paul

  • He is the god of song and of war, and was the inventor of the Runic characters, or alphabet.

    Up The Baltic

    Oliver Optic


Word Origin and History for runic

adj.

1660s, from Modern Latin runicus, from Old Norse run (see rune).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper