- a plant, Vigna mungo, of the legume family, widely cultivated in tropical Asia for its edible seeds and for forage.
Origin of urd
- See under Norn.
Origin of Urd
- 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).
Examples from the Web for urd
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).The New Gresham Encyclopedia
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 Younger Edda
The king then went to the urd called Skerfsurd, where a road should be cleared.Heimskringla
- black gramSee gram 2 (def. 1)
- Norse myth any of the three virgin goddesses of fate, who predestine the lives of the gods and men
- the medieval Norse language of the Orkneys, Shetlands, and parts of N Scotland. It was extinct by 1750
Word Origin and History for urd
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").