wal

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See also: Wal, wał, and wäl

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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 2[edit]

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).

Noun[edit]

wal m (plural wallen, diminutive walletje n)

  1. (archaic) whale
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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English wæl.

Noun[edit]

wal (plural wals)

  1. death, slaughter.

Welsh[edit]

Noun[edit]

wal

  1. Soft mutation of gwal.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
gwal wal ngwal unchanged