Other Word Forms of Portal
Origin of Portal
Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin portāle city gate from neuter of portālis of a gate from Latin porta gate per-2 in Indo-European roots N., sense 3 and adj., from New Latin porta (hepatis) transverse fissure (of the liver), literally gate of the liver perhaps ultimately translation of Akkadian bāb (ekalli) gate (of the palace), umbilical fissure of the liver (next to the transverse fissure)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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