- coast, shore (side of land near to the water)
- earthen levee as protection against flooding
- wall around city as military defense
- periorbital dark circle
- eye circle; bags
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”).
wal (plural wals)
- Soft mutation form of gwal.