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...