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Alruna-wife

(An) The Alrunes were the lares or penates of the ancient Germans. An Alruna-wife was the household goddess of a German family. An Alruna-maiden is a household maiden goddess.

“She (Hypatia) looked as fair as the sun, and talked like an Alruna-wife.” —Kingsley: Hypatia , chap. xii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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