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Berserker Etymology

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Berserker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Etymology[edit]. The name berserker derives from the Old Norse berserkr (plural berserkir). This expression most likely arose from ...
berserker - Online Etymology Dictionary
alternative form of berserk (q.v.), from Old Norse berserkr, accusative of berserk.
berserk (adj.) - Online Etymology Dictionary
1844, from berserk (n.) "Norse warrior," by 1835, an alternative form of berserker ( 1822), a word which was introduced by Sir Walter Scott, from Old Norse ...
Berserk, Etymology and History | WyzAnt Resources - Tutors
Berserk. Etymology. Comes from berserk, an alternate form of berserker, which was brought into the language by Sir Walter Scott.
Berserk | Define Berserk at
Also, berserker. an ancient Norse warrior who fought with frenzied rage in battle, possibly induced by eating hallucinogenic mushrooms.

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