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noun East Indian Cookery.
  1. a sauce made from lentils and spices, usually served with rice.

Origin of dal

< Hindi dāl split pulse, cooked pulse; compare Sanskrit dāl- to split


  1. dekaliter; dekaliters.


  1. the eighth letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of dāl

From Arabic


  1. a river in S Sweden, flowing SE from the W border to the Gulf of Bothnia. About 250 miles (405 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for dal

Historical Examples

  • Dal says he asked 'em, and he says they says, 'Well, why not?

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Besides, Dal explains that Leopold is a young man who dominates all around him.

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

  • Has Dal been having something beyond the common in the way of adventures?

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

  • The fancy seemed to be mutual; but then, who could ever resist Dal, if he wanted to be liked?

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

  • Think you will be able to live through this awful winter, Dal?

    To Win or to Die

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for dal



  1. split grain, a common foodstuff in India; pulse
  2. a variant spelling of dhal


symbol for
  1. decalitre(s)
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Word Origin and History for dal


1690s, from Hindi dal "split pulse," from Sanskrit dala, from dal "to split."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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