One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
proper nounScandinavian Mythology
A huge ash tree located at the centre of the earth, with three roots, one extending to Niflheim (the underworld), one to Jotunheim (land of the giants), and one to Asgard (land of the gods).
From Old Norse yg(g)drasill, apparently from Yggr ‘Odin’ + drasill ‘horse’.
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