Origin of English word HOLE

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The word HOLE is addressed in the entry: HOLLOW

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Old English holh is HOLLOW; hol is a HOLE. The Indo-European “root” sounds fine, kel, but its meaning ("to cover, conceal, save") leaves a gaping logical rift. חור

[K]HOAR or חר [K]HoaR is a hole – II Kings 12:10.  Shift liquids Resh/R to L.

 [K]HaLOOL and חלל [K]HaLAL mean "hollow." The latter term means "space" and "vacuum" as well. KHoLahL is "pierced through" (Ezekiel 32:26), חלון  [K]HaLOAN is that hole in the wall we call a window (Genesis26:8),   ללח [K]HaLeeL is a flute (IKings1:40) and [K]HeeL[K]HaiL is to perforate.  Another cavity, reversing our guttural-liquid, is  לע LoGHah (crater, throat – Proverbs 23:2… so good for words like LAKE or GULLeT).   For other hollow aspects of geology,  (Mi)[K]HeeLaH is a cave (Isaiah2:19); the Hey-Resh opposite, a HaR or mountain, may be seen at OROLOGY.  A body empty of soul is a   ללח [K]HaLaL (corpse); a mind empty of spirituality is                חלוני [K]HiLOANeeY (secular).


For HOLLOW, the German adjective is hohl, the noun is Hohle.Hawaiiankaele (empty, hollow) is unusual for retaining Edenic Het-Lamed.[K]HOAR or [K]HoaR (hole) is one of several guttural-liquid “hole” words.  L and R are interchangeable liquids, so HOLE may be as much from [K]HoaR as from K[H]aLaL.  KaRaH is to dig (Genesis 26:25). Het-Resh plowing and scratching terms are at HEARSE.  French carie (cavity) p refers the Het - Resh . The Latin translation of Het-Vav-Resh is caverna. A gap in Igbo (Nigeria) is an ohere. The Japanese cave is horaana.  Other Japanese H-R hole words include horeru (to be hollowed) and horu (dig}.

Het-Resh emptiness is seen at CRACK. A physical hole or vacuum is [K]HayROOT (engraved—Exodus 32:16 -- carved out, “freed” of its sculpter’s block) in spatial terms. This is why [K]HayROOT also means freedom. Uhuru is freedom in Swahilli (as Trekkies know), while Japanese hiraita means open .  Not linked to HOLLOW is Greek koilos (hollow), the given  source of CEILING, -CELE, -COEL, and

-COELE.  (See a liquid-guttural source for CEILING at RACK.)

The forms of “open” in Bengali, k hul/ kholo/ khulun resemble Edenic Het-Lamed, even   חלון  [ K]HaLOAN (window – Ava Miedzinski).

Of the many cognates of HOLLOW at Indo-European kel, only CELL, CELLAR, COLEUS, HALL, HELL, HOLE (see above), HOLSTER, HULL and (VAL)HALLA might be relevant. Add the suffix -COELE, from Greek koilos (hollow). KL reversals like LAG(OON), LAKE and LOCH are large cavities in the earth that recall Hebrew words such as  LoaGH (crater) and  RaiQ (empty).

The HULL of a ship is the [K]HaLaL, empty space on the bottom. Hull means “hole” in Norwegian. In Danish hal  is ahole; the Swedish is hal.

Noting the (typical) reversal of our Het-Lamed (guttural-liquid) root with the synonymous Lamed-Ayin of LoaGH (crater – see above), explains why both Loch or Hohle  (L-guttural or guttural-L) are words for hole, hollow or burrow in German, and that CELL, HOLE and LACUNA (any gap, pit or lake) and LAKE are actually related.  

The Finnish "hole", reika, similarly reverses KR. The CHEROKEE Indians are "cave people," so this Muskhogean word may be related to. Japanese horeru is to be hollowed. An Indo-European “root” that does mean "hole" and "cavity" is aulo. It gives us ALVEOLUS, CAROL and (HYDR)AULIC.

Another man-made HOLLOW, like HALL (large, covered room of a palace, etc.), is GALLERY (portico). Late Latin galena has no known origin and may be related to HaYKHahL (hall, "temple" in Hosea8:14). The Temple in Jerusalem included just such a colonnade. Kuil is a temple in Indonesian. JACAL, from Nahuatl or Aztec, is also a large room of upright poles filled in with wicker. The Khaf in HaYKHal may habe been sogtened or dropped – see HALL.

Perhaps the IGLOO is the HALL that an Eskimo builds with snow. Baruch Cohen from Rehovot adds that its roundless indicates the input of [E]GOOL (round).

The Assyro-Babylonian cognate for Hebrew HAKHAL is ekallu. A related HOLLOW home is the  OaHeL (tent – Genesis 18:1).  A Hawaiian house or building is a hale. LEE and LEEWARD are from Old English hleo (shelter).  Other holes are in entries like “cavity.”

An inversion of the hollow [K]HaliL (flute) might be Ukrainian lulka (a smoking pipe).

Bible Verses

Psalms 109:22 כי־עני ואביון אנכי ולבי חלל בקרבי׃

“For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.”



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