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urd

[oo rd, urd] /ʊərd, ɜrd/
noun
1.
a plant, Vigna mungo, of the legume family, widely cultivated in tropical Asia for its edible seeds and for forage.
Also called gram, black gram.
Origin of urd
< Hindi urd, urdh, urad, uṛad, Prakrit uḍidda- a pulse

Urd

[oo rd] /ʊərd/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
1.
See under Norn.
Origin
< Old Norse Urthr, cognate with Old English wyrd (see weird), derivative of the Germanic root of Old Norse vertha to become, German werden; see worth2

Norn2

[nawrn] /nɔrn/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
1.
any of three goddesses of fate, the goddess of the past (Urd) the goddess of the present (Verdandi) and the goddess of the future (Skuld)
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  • The third root of the ash is in heaven, and beneath it is the most sacred fountain of urd.

    The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot
  • Their names are urd (the past), Varande (the present), and Skuld (the future).

  • From urd comes our word "weird," and the weird sisters of Shakespeare.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • Out of it come three maids, whose names are urd, Verdande and Skuld.

  • The king then went to the urd called Skerfsurd, where a road should be cleared.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • The southernmost well has the warmer water of the sunny climesthe fountain of urd.

    Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer
  • The fountain of urd may be regarded as the embodiment of impressions of a spiritual force which upholds and renews the universe.

    Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer
  • They are all descended from that pair of swans which swim in the sacred waters of urd's fountain.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3 Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
  • urd and her sisters, who guard one of the fountains of Ygdrasil's roots, are giantesses.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3 Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
  • May urd's protection hold thee on every side, where thou seest turpitude.

British Dictionary definitions for urd

urd

/ɜːd/
noun
1.
black gram See gram2 (sense 1)
Word Origin
Hindi

Norn1

/nɔːn/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) any of the three virgin goddesses of fate, who predestine the lives of the gods and men
Word Origin
C18: Old Norse

Norn2

/nɔːn/
noun
1.
the medieval Norse language of the Orkneys, Shetlands, and parts of N Scotland. It was extinct by 1750
Word Origin
C17: from Old Norse norŕœna Norwegian, from northr north
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Word Origin and History for urd

Norn

n.

1770, from Old Norse norn (plural nornir), one of the female fates of Scandinavian mythology, related to Swedish dialectal norna "to warn, to communicate secretly," perhaps ultimately imitative of low murmuring (cf. Middle High German narren "to growl, snarl").

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