or Yg·dra·sil

[ig-druh-sil, yg-]

noun Scandinavian Mythology.

an evergreen ash tree, the three roots of which bind together Asgard, Midgard, and Niflheim.

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Historical Examples of yggdrasil

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for 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

Word Origin for Yggdrasil

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."

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