runic

[roo-nik]
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:
1655–65; rune1 + -ic

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rune (ruːn)
 
n
1.  any of the characters of an ancient Germanic alphabet, derived from the Roman alphabet, in use, esp in Scandinavia, from the 3rd century ad to the end of the Middle Ages. Each character was believed to have a magical significance
2.  any obscure piece of writing using mysterious symbols
3.  a kind of Finnish poem or a stanza in such a poem
 
[Old English rūn, from Old Norse rūn secret; related to Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic runa]
 
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runic

adj. Syn. {obscure}. VMS fans sometimes refer to Unix as `Runix'; Unix fans return the compliment by expanding VMS to `Very Messy Syntax' or `Vachement Mauvais Syste`me' (French idiom, "Hugely Bad System").
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runic definition

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)

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The tall column, capped by a runic cross, can be seen from every approach to the common.
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