A periphrastic compound whereby two or more nouns are used to replace another noun e.g. 'oar-steed' for ship or 'whale-road' for sea. Kenning was commonly used in Old English or Old Norse verse and is often metonymic in character.
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- conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry
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a compound expression used in Old English and Norse poetry, which named something without using its name, for example mouse catcher = cat. Anglo-Saxons often used kennings to name their swords: death bringer. A poem made of kennings would be a list of such expressions about one subject: MY DOG ankle biter bone cruncher night howler rabbit catcher
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[ See Ken
, transitive verb
Range of sight. [ Obsolete] Bacon. 2.
The limit of vision at sea, being a distance of about twenty miles.
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1. Range of sight. ... 2. The limit of vision at sea, being a distance of about twenty miles. ... See: Ken. ... Source: Websters Dictionary ... (01 Mar 1998) ...
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conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry
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• (v. t.) Range of sight. • (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Ken • (v. t.) The limit of vision at sea, being a distance of about twenty miles.
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concise compound or figurative phrase replacing a common noun, especially in Old Germanic, Old Norse, and Old English poetry. A kenning is commonly a ... [4 related articles]
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a compound word in Old English poetry that replaces the usual name for something, often involving metonymy.
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In Anglo-Saxon and Norse literature, a figure of speech in which a descriptive phrase is used to refer to people or objects. Well-known examples (from the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf) include banhus (bone house) for body, hron rad (whale road) for sea, and helmberend
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A kenning is an obsolete unit of dry measure in the imperial system, equal to two pecks or half a bushel. ...
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A kenning (Modern Icelandic pronunciation: cʰɛnːiŋk; derived from Old Norse) is a type of circumlocution, in the form of a compound that employs figurative language in place of a more concrete single-word noun. Kennings are strongly associated with Old Norse and later Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon poetry. They usually consist of two words, and are
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A form of compounding in Old English, Old Norse, and Germanic poetry. In this poetic device, the poe
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a compound word in Old English poetry that replaces the usual name for something, often involving me
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