From Middle English beel, bele, from Old English bȳle, bȳle (“boil, carbuncle, bile”), from Proto-Germanic *būlijǭ (“swelling”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw- (“to swell, be strong or numerous”). Cognate with German Beule (“boil”). More at boil.
beal (plural beals)
- (dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To gather matter; swell; come to a head, as a pimple; fester; suppurate.
beal m (oblique and nominative feminine singular beale)
- Alternative form of