Midgard

Midgard

[mid-gahrd]
noun Scandinavian Mythology.
the middle earth, home of men, lying between Niflheim and Muspelheim, formed from the body of Ymir.

Origin:
< Old Norse mithgarthr, cognate with Old English middangeard the earth, the abode of men. See mid-, yard2

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Midgard, Midgarth or Mithgarthr (ˈmɪdɡɑːd, ˈmɪdɡɑːð, ˈmɪðɡɑːðə)
 
n
Norse myth the dwelling place of mankind, formed from the body of the giant Ymir and linked by the bridge Bifrost to Asgard, home of the gods
 
[C19: from Old Norse mithgarthr; see mid1, yard²]
 
Midgarth, Midgarth or Mithgarthr
 
n
 
[C19: from Old Norse mithgarthr; see mid1, yard²]
 
Mithgarthr, Midgarth or Mithgarthr
 
n
 
[C19: from Old Norse mithgarthr; see mid1, yard²]

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Midgard
"world inhabited by men, in Gmc. cosmology (opposed to Asgard, the abode of the gods), 1882, from O.N. miðgarðr, from mið "mid" (see mid) + P.Gmc. *gardoz "enclosure, tract" (see yard (1)). The O.E. cognate was middangeard, which was later folk-etymologized as middle earth.
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