from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See pigeon pea.
  • n. A thick creamy East Indian stew made with lentils or other legumes, onions, and various spices.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many dried husked pulses (legume), including peas, beans and lentils
  • n. A dish made from lentils, cooked with spices, tomatoes and onions etc
  • n. A tropical herb with yellow flowers; the pigeon pea


Hindi dāl, dahl seed, from Sanskrit dalaḥ, dalam, piece split off, from dalati, he splits; see der- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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