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Yggdrasil

or Ygdrasil

[ig-druh-sil, yg-] /ˈɪg drə sɪl, ˈüg-/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
1.
an evergreen ash tree, the three roots of which bind together Asgard, Midgard, and Niflheim.
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Historical Examples
  • This also was below the roots of Yggdrasil, in the spot where the sky and ocean met.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • A wonderful tree, named “Yggdrasil,” connected all the worlds.

    Asgard Stories

    Mary H. Foster and Mabel H. Cummings
  • The man who shot him had been on Yggdrasil and knew what he was being called.

    Little Fuzzy

    Henry Beam Piper
  • The central notion is that of Yggdrasil, the tree of the universethe tree of time and life.

    Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer
  • Near the great eagle perched a hawk, and four antlered deer browsed among the buds of Yggdrasil.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • So he sent her down, down into the dark, cold land of Niflheim, which lay below one root of the great tree Yggdrasil.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • The mighty ash tree, Yggdrasil, was supposed to support the whole universe.

  • It is generally supposed to have its origin in mythological times and to be a vestige of the marvelous tree, Yggdrasil.

    Yule-Tide in Many Lands Mary P. Pringle and Clara A. Urann
  • The Norns, three sisters, also lived at the roots of Yggdrasil, and were careful to see that it was watered every day.

    Asgard Stories

    Mary H. Foster and Mabel H. Cummings
  • She was a child of Loki and the giantess Angurboda, and dwelt beneath the roots of the sacred ash, Yggdrasil.

British Dictionary definitions for Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil

/ˈɪɡdrəsɪl/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) the ash tree that was thought to overshadow the whole world, binding together earth, heaven, and hell with its roots and branches
Word Origin
Old Norse (probably meaning: Uggr's horse), from Uggr a name of Odin, from yggr, uggr frightful + drasill horse, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for Yggdrasil

great tree of the universe, 1770, from Old Norse ygdrasill, apparently from Yggr, a name of Odin + drasill "horse."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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