wer-genga
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
wer-genga
an; m. A stranger who seeks protection in the land to which he has come Deóra gesíð, wildra wærgenga, Nabochodonossor the beasts' comrade, the stranger that sought shelter among wild beasts, Nebuchadnezzar, Cd. Th. 257, 25; Dan. 663. Gif eów Dryhten Crist lýfan wylle, ðæt gé his wergengan (Guthlac, who had Christ's protection in the wilderness. Cf. Ic mé frið wille æt Gode gegyrnan . . . mec Dryhtnes hond mundaþ . . . hér sceal mín wesan eorðlíc éþel, 117, 23-30; Gú. 228-232. Nú ic ðis lond gestág . . . mé friðe healdeþ . . . se ðe mægna gehwæs wealdeþ, 120, 28-121, 3; Gú. 278-283) in ðone láðan lég lǽdan móste, Exon. Th. 137, 29; Gú. 536 : 144, 28; Gú. 685. [The Latinized wargangus occurs in the Lombard laws : Omnes wargangi, qui de exteris finibus in regni nostri finibus advenerint. And wargengus among the Franks : Si quis wargengum occiderit. v. Grff iv. 103 : Grmm. R. A. 396. Cf. also Icel. verð-gangr (ver-) going about asking for food (verðr).] v. waru, werian.
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