- the eighth letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of dāl
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- split grain, a common foodstuff in India; pulse
- a variant spelling of dhal
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Word Origin and History for dāl
1690s, from Hindi dal "split pulse," from Sanskrit dala, from dal "to split."
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