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Old English

Etymology

From Germanic *bālo, from Indo-European. Cognate with Old Norse (and Icelandic) bál ‘fire’ (Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish bål ‘pyre, bonfire’); and with Sanskrit भाल bhāla ‘lustre’, Ancient Greek φαλός (falos) ‘bright, shining’.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /bæːl/

Noun

bǣl n. (plural bǣl)

  1. funeral pyre, bonfire
  2. fire, flame, blaze

Derived terms

  • bælþracu
  • bælwudu
  • bælwylm

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