alt. sp. of dal
1916-90; Brit. writer, esp. of children's books
- Lentils, peas, or other legumes that have been dried, hulled, and split.
- A thick South Asian stew made from such legumes with various seasonings.
Origin of dahlHindi dāl from Sanskrit dalah, dalam piece split off from dalati he splits ; see der- in Indo-European roots.