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Proto-Germanic: *xwala-z, *xwali-z; *xwalisa-z
Meaning: whale
IE etymology: IE etymology
Old Norse: hval-r m. `Wal'
Norwegian: kval
Swedish: val
Danish: hval
Old English: hwäl, -es m. `whale'
English: whale
Middle Dutch: wal m.; wils
Dutch: walvis m.
Middle Low German: walfisch; wils, wilsch
Old High German: (h)wal m. (um 800); (h)wal(i)ra (10.Jh.)
Middle High German: wal (-l-) st. m. 'walfisch'; wɛls st. m. 'wels'; { walre, waler }, EaHG waller, weller `Wal; Wels'; wels, welsch, wilsch (15.Jh.)
German: Wels m.; Wal m.

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