Other Word Forms of Axle
Origin of Axle
From Middle English axle, eaxle, from Old English eaxl (“shoulder, armpit”), from Proto-Germanic *ahslō (“shoulder”), from Proto-Indo-European *aḱs- (“armpit”). Cognate with Eastern Frisian acsle (“shoulder”), Dutch oksel (“armpit”), German Achsel (“armpit”), Swedish axel (“shoulder”), Latin axilla (“armpit”), Latin axis (“axle”), Greek άξονας (áxonas, “axle”), Sanskrit अक्ष (ákṣa, “axle”), Sanskrit कक्ष (kakṣá, “room, armpit”), Russian ось (os', “axle”).
A combination of Old English eax and Old Norse öxull.
Middle English axel from Old Norse öxull
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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