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Etymology 1[edit]

씰 ←

앨 →


(transliterations: RR al, RRT , McCune–Reischauer al, Yale al)

  1. A Hangul syllabic block made up of , , and .

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. egg, roe (of fish)
  2. grain (of cereals)
  3. (chiefly as a suffix) ball (small round object)
  • Usage note: 알 means "an egg of some animal that lays eggs", e.g., 새알 (a bird's egg), 메추리알 (a quail egg), 개구리의 알 (a frog's egg). To mean a hen's egg (as in "boiled eggs"), use 달걀, or equivalently, 계란. To mean the egg cell (e.g., the human egg), use 난자.

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