wæl-genga
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
wæl-genga
an ; m. A deadly walker, a wild beast, a dragon Wælgengan beluę, An. Ox. 8, 305 : 5, 41. [Napier suggests wǽl-, and takes the word to mean deepwater-goer. In support of this might be quoted belua, bestia maris, Wrt. Voc. ii. 125, 44; and the subaqueous home of Grendel and his mother. (Perhaps wsélgæst, rather than wælgæst, is used of the former, B. 1331.) In favour of wæl- it may be noted that the word describes a destructive dragon on land, and the compound may compare with mán-genga and wæl-hwelp.]
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