urd

[ oo rd, urd ]
/ ʊərd, ɜrd /
|

noun

a plant, Vigna mungo, of the legume family, widely cultivated in tropical Asia for its edible seeds and for forage.

Nearby words

  1. urbi et orbi,
  2. urbiculture,
  3. urc,
  4. urceolate,
  5. urchin,
  6. urdu,
  7. urdé,
  8. ure,
  9. urea,
  10. urea clearance

Origin of urd

< Hindi urd, urdh, urad, uṛad, Prakrit uḍidda- a pulse

Also called gram, black gram.

Urd

[ oo rd ]
/ ʊərd /

noun Scandinavian Mythology.

See under Norn.

Origin of Urd

< 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

Norn

2
[ nawrn ]
/ nɔrn /

noun Scandinavian Mythology.

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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British Dictionary definitions for urd

urd

/ (ɜːd) /

noun

black gramSee gram 2 (def. 1)

Word Origin for urd

Hindi

Norn

1
/ (nɔːn) /

noun

Norse myth any of the three virgin goddesses of fate, who predestine the lives of the gods and men

Word Origin for Norn

C18: Old Norse

Norn

2
/ (nɔːn) /

noun

the medieval Norse language of the Orkneys, Shetlands, and parts of N Scotland. It was extinct by 1750

Word Origin for Norn

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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