The Alternative Icelandic Dictionary: hræ

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hræ etymology From Old Norse hræ, from Proto-Germanic *hraiwą. pronunciation
  • /r̥aiː/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. carcass; body of a dead animal or human
  2. (figuratively, informal) a worn out and useless machine
It is considered coarse and unbefitting to use this word for a human corpse in the modern language, although it seemed to be commonly used without insult in earlier times. Synonyms: (carcass) lík (usually of a human corpse), nár (human corpse)

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