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kenning

[ ken-ing ]
/ ˈkɛn ɪŋ /
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noun
a conventional poetic phrase used for or in addition to the usual name of a person or thing, especially in Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon verse, as “a wave traveler” for “a boat.”
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Origin of kenning

First recorded in 1880–85; from Old Norse: literally “teaching, doctrine, poetic periphrasis”; see origin at ken, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for kenning

kenning
/ (ˈkɛnɪŋ) /

noun
a conventional metaphoric name for something, esp in Old Norse and Old English poetry, such as Old English bānhūs (bone house) for "body"

Word Origin for kenning

C14: from Old Norse, from kenna; see ken
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