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also Yg·dra·sil  (ĭg′drə-sĭl, üg′-)
n. Norse Mythology
The great ash tree that holds together earth, heaven, and hell by its roots and branches.

[Old Norse.]
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(ˈɪɡdrəsɪl) ,




(Norse Myth & Legend) Norse myth the ash tree that was thought to overshadow the whole world, binding together earth, heaven, and hell with its roots and branches
[Old Norse (probably meaning: Uggr's horse), from Uggr a name of Odin, from yggr, uggr frightful + drasill horse, of obscure origin]
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or Yg•dra•sil

(ˈɪg drə sɪl, ˈüg-)

(in Norse myth) a great ash tree situated in the center of the world, with roots extending into Asgard and Niflheim.
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Noun1.Yggdrasil - (Norse mythology) a huge ash tree whose roots and branches hold the earth and Heaven and Hell together
Norse mythology - the mythology of Scandinavia (shared in part by Britain and Germany) until the establishment of Christianity
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