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Dialectal form of standard Pfahl, used in this form in most dialects of North Rhine-Westphalia, including German Low German [Term?], Low Franconian, and Ripuarian. Cognate with Limburgish paol, Luxembourgish Poul, Dutch paal, and English pole.


  • IPA(key): /pɔːl/ (original dialectal pronunciation)
  • IPA(key): /poːl/ (also common; by analogy with standard pronunciation rules)
  • Homophone: Pol (only by the latter pronunciation)


Pohl m (strong, genitive (rare) Pohls, plural Pöhle)

  1. (colloquial, regional, chiefly North Rhine-Westphalia) a post or pole, particularly a traffic bollard
    Synonym: Poller
    Da kannste nich’ durch. Da sin’ überall Pöhle.
    You can't pass through there. There are bollards everywhere.


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  • The plural is more frequent than the singular.

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