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ken·ning

 (kĕn′ĭng)
n.
A figurative, usually compound expression used in place of a name or noun, especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry; for example, storm of swords is a kenning for battle.

[Old Norse, from kenna, to know, to name with a kenning; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

kenning

(ˈkɛnɪŋ)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a conventional metaphoric name for something, esp in Old Norse and Old English poetry, such as Old English bānhūs (bone house) for "body"
[C14: from Old Norse, from kenna; see ken]

ken•ning

(ˈkɛn ɪŋ)

n.
a conventional poetic phrase used for or in addition to the usual name of a person or thing, esp. in Old Norse and Old English verse, as wave traveler for boat.
[1880–85; < Old Norse]

kenning

The use of a conventional metaphoric name for something or someone, especially in Old Norse poetry.
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Noun1.kenning - conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
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