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1. A collection of Old Norse poems, called the Elder or Poetic Edda, assembled in the early 1200s.
2. A manual of Icelandic poetry, called the Younger or Prose Edda, written by Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241).

[Old Norse.]

Ed′dic adj.
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1. (Poetry) Also called: Elder Edda or Poetic Edda a collection of mythological Old Norse poems made in the 12th century
2. (Norse Myth & Legend) Also called: Younger Edda or Prose Edda a treatise on versification together with a collection of Scandinavian myths, legends, and poems compiled by Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241), the Icelandic historian and poet
[C18: Old Norse]
Eddaic adj
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(ˈɛd ə)

either of two medieval Icelandic literary works, the earlier one a collection of traditional poems on mythical and religious subjects, the later one a largely prose compilation by Snorri Sturluson that includes a survey of Norse mythology.
Ed′dic, Ed•da•ic (ɛˈdeɪ ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.Edda - tropical starchy tuberous rootedda - tropical starchy tuberous root  
root vegetable - any of various fleshy edible underground roots or tubers
poi - Hawaiian dish of taro root pounded to a paste and often allowed to ferment
Colocasia esculenta, dalo, taro plant, dasheen, taro - herb of the Pacific islands grown throughout the tropics for its edible root and in temperate areas as an ornamental for its large glossy leaves
2.Edda - either of two distinct works in Old Icelandic dating from the late 13th century and consisting of 34 mythological and heroic ballads composed between 800 and 1200; the primary source for Scandinavian mythology
ballad, lay - a narrative poem of popular origin
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References in classic literature ?
'Norse Ode' translated from the 'Poetic Edda' in his later years.
Gaiman I is a superb storyteller and he's able to create a fusion of the classic eddas [medieval Icelandic literary works] in an enjoyable novelistic fashion."
(125) She continues with a discussion of the treatment of both complete bodies and body parts and proposes that the parts had meanings similar to those of the kennings found in the Eddas, in which blood may be referred to as "warm ale" and the heart as the "power-stone" (129).
After taking a degree in theology Grundtvig studied the Eddas and Icelandic sagas.