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weal1

[weel] /wil/
noun
1.
well-being, prosperity, or happiness:
the public weal; weal and woe.
2.
Obsolete. wealth or riches.
3.
Obsolete. the body politic; the state.
Origin of weal1
900
before 900; Middle English wele, Old English wela; akin to well1

weal2

[weel] /wil/
noun
1.
Origin
variant of wale1, with ea of wheal
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weal1

/wiːl/
noun
1.
a raised mark on the surface of the body produced by a blow Also called wale, welt, wheal
Word Origin
C19: variant of wale1, influenced in form by wheal

weal2

/wiːl/
noun
1.
(archaic) prosperity or wellbeing (now esp in the phrases the public weal, the common weal)
2.
(obsolete) the state
3.
(obsolete) wealth
Word Origin
Old English wela; related to Old Saxon welo, Old High German wolo
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Word Origin and History for weal
n.1

"well-being," Old English wela "wealth," in late Old English also "welfare, well-being," from West Germanic *welon, from PIE root *wel- "to wish, will" (see will (v.)). Related to well (adv.).

n.2

"raised mark on skin," 1821, alteration of wale (q.v.).

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weal in Medicine

weal (wēl)
n.
A ridge on the flesh raised by a blow; a welt.

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