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Old Norse eigir[edit]

Was there really an Old Norse plural form of egg? The article uses eigir, but as far as I know, the Old Norse word was egg (singular AND plural). I heard that most Old Norse words are the same in singular and plural. The other follow this pattern: auga - augu, hjarta - hjǫrtu, eyra - eyru. The combination egg - eigir does not fit in any of these patterns. 85.166.240.58 (talk) 00:38, 16 May 2010 (UTC)

I'm inclined to agree with you here. So far as I remembered egg is a neuter -ja stem, and wiktionary seems to bear this out. The nom.pl. therefore should be identical to nom.sg. There is another word egg, meaning 'edge' which is a feminine -jo stem. This would of course have a different plural, but still not the form given in the article Arkitype (talk) 08:40, 14 July 2010 (UTC)
On closer inspection, I think I see the solution. The form listed is in fact an OHG one and not, as we suspected, an ON one. As an OHG iz/az stem, the form is a perfectly correct nom.pl. I will make the relevant changes now. It may also be worthwhile attempting to find a better source for the forms and reconstruction than the somewhat clumsy and outdated database lookup from Pokorny's occasionally clumsy and outdated dictionary.Arkitype (talk) 13:31, 14 July 2010 (UTC)