From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Valkyria \Val*kyr"i*a\, n. [Icel. valkyrja (akin to AS.
   w[ae]lcyrie); valr the slain + kj[=o]sa to choose. See
   Valhalla, and Choose.] (Scand. Myth.)
   One of the maidens of Odin, represented as awful and
   beautiful, who presided over battle and marked out those who
   were to be slain, and who also ministered at the feasts of
   heroes in Valhalla. Now commonly written Valkyrie. [Written
   also Valkyr, Valkyrie, Walkyrie and Walkyr.]
   [1913 Webster +PJC]
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