- an evergreen ash tree, the three roots of which bind together Asgard, Midgard, and Niflheim.
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Examples from the Web for yggdrasil
This also was below the roots of Yggdrasil, in the spot where the sky and ocean met.
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.
Ygdrasil or Igdrasil
- Norse myth the ash tree that was thought to overshadow the whole world, binding together earth, heaven, and hell with its roots and branches
Old Norse (probably meaning: Uggr's horse), from Uggr a name of Odin, from yggr, uggr frightful + drasill horse, of obscure origin
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