[th ahl]
  1. the ninth letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of dhāl

From Arabic


or daal, dhal

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
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Examples from the Web for dhal

Historical Examples of dhal

  • The Dhal is confused in pronunciation with the Zain, with which it has a common origin in Hebrew.

    Tent Work in Palestine

    Claude Reignier Conder

  • The firm to which Haralal belonged began to buy up large quantities of rice and dhal from the country districts.

    Stories from Tagore

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • A fire was kindled under a clay oven on the patio; rice and dhal were quickly served on large banana leaves.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

British Dictionary definitions for dhal


dal or dholl

  1. a tropical African and Asian leguminous shrub, Cajanus cajan, cultivated in tropical regions for its nutritious pealike seeds
  2. Former name: pigeon pea the seed of this shrub
  3. a curry made from lentils or other pulses

Word Origin for dhal

C17: from Hindi dāl split pulse, from Sanskrit dal to split




  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 dhal



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

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