SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WEEK #4
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MJÖLDRYGA (common gender/en-word, plural: mjöldrygor)
1. a type of fungus that most commonly grows on rye
'Mjöl' is flour and 'dryg' and related word family suggests "additional, extra". So something that is additional to flours, like a fungus that grows on seeds...yeah, makes sense.
In Finnish it is known as 'torajyvä', directly translating as 'strifegrain'. Apparently the symptoms of eating it include violent hallucinations...
Interesting! Mjöl is flour, so that makes sense, but trying to puzzle how dryga fits in...