ealh

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *alhs ‎(protection, building, house, temple, settlement), cognate to Gothic 𐌰𐌻𐌷𐍃 ‎(alhs) and perhaps to Proto-Norse ᚨᛚᚢ ‎(alu).

According to Pokorny (1959:32) from a Proto-Indo-European root *alek- (*h₂lek- ‎(to close, ward off, protect)), i.e. the root of Ancient Greek ἀλέξω ‎(aléxō).

Noun[edit]

ealh m (strong declension)

  1. temple

See also[edit]