odal land held in absolute ownership, as in Scand. countries. XIX. — ON. óðal (Norw., Sw. odal), corr. to OE. œðel, ēðel, OS. ōðil, OHG. uodal, f. Gmc. *ōþ- *aþ-, whence also OE. æðele, OHG. edili (G. edel) noble, OE. æðelu, OS. aðali, OHG. adal (G. adel) noble descent. ON. aðal native quality, nature. Cf. UDAL.
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