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West Frisian[edit]


Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Frisian kale, from Proto-Germanic *kalwaz ‎(naked, bald), from Proto-Indo-European *galw- ‎(naked, bald). Cognate with Dutch kaal, German kahl, English callow.


keal (infl. kealle, comp. kealler(e), sup. keallest(e))

  1. bald, hairless
    Myn pake hat in kealle holle. -- My grandpa has a bald head.
  2. bare
    Dy beammen binne keal. -- Those trees are bare (i.e., they have lost their leaves).

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *kalbaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷolbʰo- ‎(womb, animal young); cognate with English calf, Danish kalv, German Kalb, Dutch kalf.


keal n ‎(plural keallen, diminutive kealtsje)

  1. calf (young cow)
    As de keallen op it iis dûnsje. -- If the calves dance on the ice; when pigs fly.