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Proto-Germanic: *ali-z, *aljō, *alinō, *alīnō
Meaning: ell, ellbow
IE etymology: IE etymology
Gothic: alīna f. (ō) `ell (distance from bogen to finger tips)'
Old Norse: alin f. `Elle'; ɔln f. `Unterarm, Elle', tvī-eln `zwei Ellen breit'
Norwegian: aln
Swedish: aln
Danish: alen
Old English: eln, -e f. `ell (measure of length - the space from the point of the elbow to the of the middle finger, 18 inches; the ell in A. Sax. - smth. about 24 inches or 2 feet)
English: ell, elbow
Old Frisian: ielne
Old Saxon: elina `Unterarm'
Middle Dutch: elle, elne
Dutch: el f., elleboog m.
Middle Low German: ēle
Old High German: elina (8.Jh.) `Unterarm'
Middle High German: ɛlne, ɛln, ɛlline, ɛllen st. f., ɛle, ɛlle wk./st. f. 'Elle'
German: Elle f.

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