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ge-byrd

  • noun [ feminine ]
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ge-byrd, gen. dat. -byrde; acc. -byrde, -byrd; pl. nom. gen. acc. a; dat. um; f : ge -byrdo; indecl. in s; f : found in both s. and pl. without any apparent difference of meaning.
Wright's OE grammar
§225; §391; §563; §574;
birth, origin, beginning, parentage, family, lineage; nativitas, origo, stirps, genus
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  • Bearnes þurh gebyrde

    through the birth of a child,

    • Exon. 9 a; Th. 5, 28
    • ;
    • Cri. 76
    • .
  • Þurh bearnes gebyrd

    through child-birth,

    • 8 b; Th. 3, 18
    • ;
    • Cri. 38
    • .
  • On dæg gebyrde

    die natalis,

    • Mt. Kmbl. Rush. 14, 6
    • .
  • Wítgan cýþdon Cristes gebyrd

    prophets announced Christ's birth,

    • 8 b; Th. 5, 5
    • ;
    • Cri. 65
    • .
  • Bearnes gebyrda

    the infant's birth,

    • 18 b; Th. 45, 24
    • ;
    • Cri. 724
    • :
    • L. Edg. C. 13; Th. ii. 246, 22
    • .
  • Cennan bearn mid gebyrdum

    to bring forth children by birth,

    • Exon. 89 a; Th. 334, 32
    • ;
    • Gn. Ex. 25
    • .
  • Wæs he líchomlícre gebyrde æðeles cynnes

    erat carnis origine nobilis,

    • Bd. 2, 7; S. 509, 15
    • .
  • Of ðære cynelícan gebyrdo

    de stirpe regiâ,

    • 5, 7; S. 621, 8, note 8
    • .
  • Be ðam gebyrdum

    concerning parentage,

    • Bt. 30, 1; Fox 108, 19
    • .
nature [what a man is natu by birth, or to what he is natus born], quality, state, condition, lot, fate; natura, qualitas, conditio, sors, fatum
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  • God ána wát ymb ðæs fugles gebyrd

    God alone knows concerning the bird's nature,

    • Exon. 61 a; Th. 223, 16
    • ;
    • Ph. 360
    • .
  • Ic cann engla gebyrdo

    I know the nature of the angels,

    • Cd. 27; Th. 37, 2
    • ;
    • Gen. 583
    • .
  • Ǽghwilc gylt be hys gebyrdum

    every one pays according to his condition,

    • Ors. 1, 1; Bos. 20, 35
    • .
  • Náh seó módor geweald bearnes blǽdes, ac sceal on gebyrd faran án æfter ánum

    the mother hath not power over her child's happiness, but according to his fate [what he is born to] one shall go after another,

    • Salm. Kmbl. 770
    • ;
    • Sal. 384
    • .
  • Hie on gebyrd hruron gáre wunde

    they fell according to their fate, wounded by the spear,

    • Beo. Th. 2153
    • :
    • B. 1074
    • .
  • Or in the last two instances may 'gebyrd' be referred to 'gebyrian' to happen?
Etymology
[
O. Sax. gi-burd, f. nativitas, genus
:
Ger. geburt, f
:
Goth. ga-baurþs, f
.]
Derived forms
eág-gebyrd, eorl-, sib-, weoruld-
Similar entries
v. beran.
Linked entries
v.  ge-bird ge-byrdo beorþ byrd byrde byrdnys ge-bærd weorold-gebyrd.
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