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Middle English

Etymology 1

Old English balca, cognate with Old High German balko, German Balken "beam," Italian balcone "balcony".

Noun

balke

  1. balk, ridge, beam
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Etymology 2

  • Probably cognate with Old Swedish nattbakka, Old English nihtwacu "night watch"
  • Sounding like Finno-Ugric root *walke, originally meaning "illumination," whence Estonian valge, Finnish valkea "white," Hungarian világ "light"
  • Also sounding like, and perhaps accidentally equivalent with, the Korean obsolete spelling 밝쥐 (balg-jwi, bak-), literally meaning "bright (eyed) rat," now 박쥐 (bag-jwi, bak-) "bat," cognate with 밝다 (balg-da, bak-) "to be bright, illuminating"
  • Perhaps corrupting like balke > bakke > bake > bak > later bat rhyming with rat or cat with good night vision.

Noun

balke [1]

  1. bat (flying rodent)
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  • English: bat (flying rodent)
Usage notes
  • Korean 박쥐 (bag-jwi, bak-) "bat," from obsolete spelling 밝쥐 (balg-jwi, bak-), literally, "bright (eyed) rat," cognate with 밝다 (balg-da, bak-) "to be bright." Acually, however, the bat is said to be almost blind at night.
  • Finno-Ugric *walke "illumination," whence Estonian valge, Finnish valkea "white"
  • See also: Talk:bakke
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