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Afroasiatic etymology :

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Proto-Afro-Asiatic: *ṗVlaḫ- ~ *ṗaḫal- (?)
Meaning: break through, split
Borean etymology: Borean etymology
Semitic: *ṗVlVḫ- 'split'
Egyptian: pḫꜣ (<*pVḫVl-?) 'split, break through' (MK)
Western Chadic: *ṗa(H)al- 'snap, break' 1, 'strike' 2, 'break' 3
Central Chadic: *pal- 'break stone' 1, 'break stick ' 2
East Chadic: *palVw- 'break'
Notes: *ṗ is possible unless Sem *plḫ (> Arb. flḫ) 'to cultivate' is related.

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