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: any of the characters of any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3rd to the 13th centuries
: mystery, magic
[ Finnish runo, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse rūn ]
: a Finnish or Old Norse poem
: poem, song
rune 1: Anglo-Saxon runic alphabet
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lyric, poem, song, verse
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1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Old Norse & Old English rūn mystery, runic character, writing; akin to Old High German rūna secret discussion, Old Irish rún mystery
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: any of the characters in the alphabets that were used in ancient times by people of Northern Europe
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