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[vah-nir] /ˈvɑ nɪr/
noun, (often lowercase) (used with a plural verb) Scandinavian Mythology
a race of gods, first in conflict with the Aesir, later allied with them. They function as fertility divinities and include Njord, Frey, and Freyja.
Origin of Vanir
< Old Norse, probably from the same root as vinr friend, Latin Venus Venus, Sanskrit vánas desire Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Vanir


(Norse myth) a race of ancient gods often locked in struggle with the Aesir. The most notable of them are Njord and his children Frey and Freya
Word Origin
from Old Norse Vanr, a fertility god
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