From Proto-Germanic *hwalaz (compare Old Saxon hwal, Old High German wal, Old Norse hvalr), probably from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kʷálos (“sheatfish”). Another theory suggests it is perhaps akin to Finnish kala, from Proto-Uralic *kala.
- a whale
Declension of hwæl (strong a-stem)
Terms derived from hwæl
- English: whale