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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Vitnisvísur af Máríu, 15 [Vol. 7, 750]

[3] musterið ‘the church’: ON musteri ‘monastery, church, cathedral, temple’ is a loan-word from OFr moustier < Lat. monasterium, cf. OE mynster, OHG munstar; see AEW: mustari. According to Fritzner: mustari, the word denoted a church of importance with canonici regulares. Skj B translates it as tempel ‘temple’, which is hardly appropriate in the present context.


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