Proper Noun

  • A major Germanic god, in his Norse form a member of the Æsir, married to Frigg and associated with knowledge, poetry, and war. Wednesday refers to him by way of interpretatio germanica.


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  • (whence Icelandic Óðinn, English Oden), akin to Old High German Wodan and Old English Wōden. From Proto-Germanic *Wōdanaz, derived from Proto-Germanic *wōdaz ("rage, manic inspiration, furor poeticus"), from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂t- ("to be excited"). Compare Old Norse óðr ("rage") and Dutch woede ("rage") and woeden, Latin vātēs. Related to English wode.

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