Dale (landform)

For other uses, see Dale.

A dale is an open valley. Dale is a synonym to the word valley, which entered the English language after the Norman Conquest. Norwegian towns frequently use this term: dalekvam, so dale. The name is used when describing the physical geography of an area. It is used most frequently in the Lowlands of Scotland and in the North of England, where the term "fell" commonly refers to the mountains or hills that flank the dale.

The word dale comes from the Old English word dael, from which the word "dell" is also derived. It is also related to Old Norse word dalr (and the modern Icelandic word dalur), which may perhaps have influenced its survival in northern England.[1]

There is semantic equivalency to many words and phrases, suggesting a common Indo-European affinity. Vale and thalweg are also related.

Tal, DelleGerman
dalNorwegian & Swedish & Danish
даліна (dalina)Belarusian
долина (dolina)Russian/Bulgarian
долина (dolina)Serbian
dolec, dolekSlovenian
údolí, důlCzech
دره (dære)Persian


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