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EtymologyEdit

From Dutch walvis, from Middle Dutch walvisch, from Old Dutch walvisk, a compound of *wal (whale) +‎ fisk (fish), presumably to clarify the meaning.

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walvis (plural walvisse, diminutive walvissie)

  1. whale (marine mammal)

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Dutch whalers near Spitsbergen (Abraham Storck, 1690)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch walvisch, from Old Dutch walvisk, from *wal (whale), presumably to clarify the meaning. Equivalent to wal (whale) +‎ vis (fish). Old Dutch *wal is from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kʷálos (sheatfish). See also waldier, walrus, grindewal.

Cognate with West Frisian walfisk, German Walfisch. The simple form is cognate with German Wal, English whale, Danish hval, Swedish val.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋɑl.vɪs/
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  • Hyphenation: wal‧vis

NounEdit

walvis m (plural walvissen, diminutive walvisje n)

  1. whale, mammal of the order Cetacea

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