A figurative, usually compound expression used in place of a name or noun, especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry; for example, storm of swords is a kenning for battle.
A conventional metaphoric name for something, esp in Old Norse and Old English poetry, such as Old English bÃÂnhÃ
Â«s (bone house) for "body"
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