From Middle High German and Old High German zol, from Proto-Germanic *tullō (“what is counted or told”), from Proto-Indo-European *dol- (“calculation, fraud”). Alternatively from Medieval Latin toloneum, from Late Latin telōnēum.
From Middle High German zol (“plug, block, peg”), from Old High German zollo (“spinning top”); possibly as the length of a finger, perhaps from the sense "cut-off piece", in which case it could be related to Zahl (“number”) or Zelge (“tillable land”); documented since the 11th century, in its current sense "measure of length" since the 16th century.
- inch (unit of length equal to 2.54 centimeters)
- (historical) any of a number of historical German units of length generally ranging between about 2 and 3 centimeters
Zoll m (plural Zoll)