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runic

[roo-nik] /ˈru nɪk/
adjective
1.
consisting of or set down in runes:
runic inscriptions.
2.
having some secret or mysterious meaning:
runic rhyme.
3.
(of ornamental knots, figures, etc.) of an interlaced form seen on ancient monuments, metalwork, etc., of the northern European peoples.
4.
of the ancient Scandinavian class or type, as literature or poetry.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; rune1 + -ic
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  • The tall column, capped by a runic cross, can be seen from every approach to the common.
Word Origin and History for runic
adj.

1660s, from Modern Latin runicus, from Old Norse run (see rune).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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runic in Technology

jargon
Obscure, consisting of runes.
VMS fans sometimes refer to Unix as "RUnix". Unix fans return the compliment by expanding VMS to "Very Messy Syntax" or "Vachement Mauvais Systeme" (French; literally "Cowlike Bad System", idiomatically "Bitchy Bad System").
(1996-09-17)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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