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 (gēt, yăt)
A member of an ancient Germanic people of southern Sweden conquered by the Swedes in the sixth century ad.

[Old English Gēat.]
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(in casting) the channel, spout, or hole through which molten metal runs into a mould
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Beo wio Geatas glaed, geofena gemyndig, nean ond feorran pu nu hafast.
I cannot avoid a suspicion that the fifty years' reign of Beowulf over the Geatas may quite conceivably be a poetic fiction; that the downfall of the Geatic kingdom and its absorption in Sweden were very possibly brought about by the destruction of Hygelac and all his warriors at the mouth of the Rhine.
Moreover, Hrothgar identifies the sailors from whom he has learned of Beowulf's strength as "pa de gifsceattas / Geata fyredon // pyder to pance" (378-79a; "those who brought treasures thither to the Geats for thanks").