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fjord (n.)

1670s, from Norwegian fiord, from Old Norse fjörðr "an inlet, estuary," from North Germanic *ferthuz "place for crossing over, ford," from PIE *pertu-, from root *per- (2) "to lead, pass over." The etymological sense probably is "a going, a passage."

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Definitions of fjord from WordNet

fjord (n.)
a long narrow inlet of the sea between steep cliffs; common in Norway;
Synonyms: fiord
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