walvis

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Etymology[edit]

From Dutch walvis, from Middle Dutch walvisch, from Old Dutch walvisk, a compound of *wal ‎(whale) +‎ fisk ‎(fish), presumably to clarify the meaning.

Noun[edit]

walvis ‎(plural walvisse)

  1. whale (marine mammal)

Dutch[edit]

Dutch whalers near Spitsbergen (Abraham Storck, 1690)

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch walvisch, from Old Dutch walvisk, from *wal ‎(whale), presumably to clarify the meaning. Old Dutch *wal is from Proto-Germanic *hwalaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kʷálos ‎(sheatfish). See also waldier, walrus, grindewal.

Cognate with West Frisian walfisk, German Walfisch. The simple form is cognate with German Wal, English whale, Danish hval, Swedish val.

Noun[edit]

walvis m ‎(plural walvissen, diminutive walvisje n)

  1. whale

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