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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English dalke, dalk, from Old English dalc (clasp, buckle, brooch, bracelet), from Proto-Germanic *dalkaz (clasp, pin), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰelg- (to stick; needle, pin). Cognate with Icelandic dálkur (cloak-pin), Latin falx (scythe).


dalk (plural dalks)

  1. A pin; brooch; clasp

Etymology 2Edit

Perhaps a diminutive of dale, dell.

Alternative formsEdit


dalk (plural dalks)

  1. (now rare) A hollow or depression.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 120:
      On a sunny September morning, with the trees still green, but the asters and fleabanes already taking over in ditch and dalk, Van set out for Ladoga, N.A.