From Old High German wal, from Proto-West Germanic *hwal, from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kʷálos (“sheatfish”).
Compare Low German Waal, English whale, Danish hval, Swedish val; compare also Dutch walvis, German Low German Waalfisch.
Wal m (genitive Wales, plural Wale)
Declension of Wal
From German Wal, from Old High German wal, from Proto-West Germanic *hwal, from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz. Compare Dutch walvis, English whale, Danish hval, Icelandic hvalur.
Wal m (plural Walen)
From German Wahl, Old High German wala, from Proto-West Germanic *walu, from Proto-Germanic *walō. The related terms below are inherited.
- Wahl (nonstandard, but not rare, to distinguish from etymology 1)
Wal f (plural Walen)
- (politics) election
From Old High German wald, from Proto-West Germanic *walþu, from Proto-Germanic *walþuz. Cognate with German Wald, Dutch woud, English wold
Wal m (uncountable)
- (in field names, otherwise widely archaic) forest