Origin of Delve
From Middle English delven, delfan (“to dig, examine, bury, imbed, implant”), from Old English delfan (“to dig, dig out, burrow, bury”), from Proto-Germanic *delbaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰelbʰ- (“to dig”). Compare Dutch delven.
Middle English delven to dig from Old English delfan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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