vâl, nahang (#)
1) Any of the larger ocean mammals, excluding the porpoises and dolphins,
that breathe through a blowhole on the top of their head and have front flippers,
no hind limbs, and a flat horizontal tail.
M.E., O.E. hwæl, cf. O.S. hwal, O.N. hvalr, Swed. val, M.Du. wal, Du. walvis, O.H.G. wal, Ger. Wal, probably cognate with L. squalus and Pers. vâl, as below.
1) Mod.Pers. vâl, wâl, related to Mid.Pers. kar (mâhig) "whale (fish);"
Av. kara- "a mythological fish;" also Mod.Pers. kuli "a kind of fish;"
cf. L. squalus "a kind of large sea fish;" PIE (s)kwalo-
"a large fish."