From Middle English blok ("log, stump, solid piece"), from Old French bloc ("log, block"), from Middle Dutch blok ("treetrunk"), from Old Dutch *blok ("log"), from Proto-West Germanic *blokk, from Proto-Germanic *blukką ("beam, log"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰelǵ- ("thick plank, beam, pile, prop"). Cognate with Old Frisian blok, Old Saxon blok, Old High German bloh, bloc, Old English bolca ("gangway of a ship, plank"), Old Norse bǫlkr ("divider, partition"). More at balk. See also bloc.
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