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wal

See also: Wal, wał, and wäl

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Etymology 1Edit

From Latin vallum (wall), from vallus (stake, palisade, point). Cognate with English wall.

NounEdit

wal m (plural wallen, diminutive walletje n)

  1. coast, shore (side of land near to the water)
  2. earthen levee as protection against flooding
  3. wall around city as military defense
  4. periorbital dark circle
  5. eye circle; bags
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle Dutch wal (whale), from Old Dutch *wal, from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz (whale). Cognate with English whale. Possibly to avoid confusion with wal (wall; shore), the derived compound word walvis (whale; lit. whale-fish) gained currency over wal (whale). Similar clarifying compounds can be found elsewhere in Dutch: kraanvogel (crane; lit. crane-bird), muildier (mule; lit. mule-animal), oeros (auroch; auroch-ox), rendier (rein; lit. rein-animal), tortelduif (turtle (bird); lit. turtle dove) and windhond (greyhound; lit. wind-dog).

NounEdit

wal m (plural wallen, diminutive walletje n)

  1. (archaic) whale
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Middle EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old English wæl.

NounEdit

wal (plural wals)

  1. death, slaughter.

WelshEdit

NounEdit

wal

  1. Soft mutation of gwal.

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
gwal wal ngwal unchanged