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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English dalke, dalk, from Old English dalc ‎(clasp, buckle, brooch, bracelet), from Proto-Germanic *dalkaz ‎(clasp, pin), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰelg- ‎(to stick; needle, pin). Cognate with Icelandic dálkur ‎(cloak-pin), Latin falx ‎(scythe).


dalk ‎(plural dalks)

  1. A pin; brooch; clasp

Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps a diminutive of dale, dell.

Alternative forms[edit]


dalk ‎(plural dalks)

  1. (now rare) A hollow or depression.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 120:
      On a sunny September morning, with the trees still green, but the asters and fleabanes already taking over in ditch and dalk, Van set out for Ladoga, N.A.