- della robbia,
- dello joio,
- delmarva peninsula,
Origin of dells
Origin of dell
Examples from the Web for dells
The dying and the wounded lay in masses in the dells and ravines below.
I am the same Œnone whom thou didst woo in the dells of woody Ida.Museum of Antiquity|L. W. Yaggy
The Covenanters met to worship God in the moorlands and dells, setting a watch for the dragoons of Claverhouse.
The Navy Yard exhibits the geological formation of the Dells in the superlative degree.Baraboo, Dells, and Devil's Lake Region|H. E. Cole
Labyrinthine walks met us in every direction, leading to bowers and dells and wildernesses innumerable.
Word Origin for dell
rogue's cant 16c.-17c. for "a young girl of the vagrant class," of uncertain origin.
A Dell is a yonge wenche, able for generation, and not yet knowen or broken by the vpright man. ... [W]hen they have beene lyen with all by the vpright man then they be Doxes, and no Dells. [Thomas Harman, "A Caveat or Warning for Common Cursitors," 1567]
Old English dell "dell, hollow, dale" (perhaps lost and then borrowed in Middle English from cognate Middle Dutch/Middle Low German delle), from Proto-Germanic *daljo (cf. German Delle "dent, depression," Gothic ib-dalja "slope of a mountain"); related to dale (q.v.).