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Proto-Germanic: *axsl=; *ōxsl=; *ōxst=; *ōxsVn=; *ōxs=; *oxstVr=
Meaning: arm-pit
IE etymology: IE etymology
Old Norse: ɔxl f. `Achsel'; ōst f., ōst-r m. `Halsgrube'
Norwegian: dial. ōster f. `Halsgrube'
Swedish: axel `Achsel'
Danish: aksel `Achsel'
Old English: eaxel (eaxl, exl), -e f.; eaxle, -an f. `shoulder'; ōcusta, ōhsta, -an m. `arm-pit, oxter'; ōxn, -e f. `id.'
English: shotl. oxter `Achselhöhle'
Old Frisian: ax(e)le `oksel, schouder'
Old Saxon: ahsla `Achsel'
Middle Dutch: assel(e); ocsel(e), oecsel(e) `schouder, vleugeholte'
Dutch: oksel m. `Achsel'
Middle Low German: asle, assel `Achsel'
Old High German: ahsla (8.Jh.) `Achsel'; uochisa (um 900); uohsana (9.Jh.) `Achselhöhle'; uohsala (11. Jh.) `Achsel'
Middle High German: ahsel at./wk. f. 'achsel, schulter', uohse, üehse wk. f. 'achselhöhle'
German: Achsel f.

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