From Middle English callen, from Old English ceallian and Old Norse kalla; both from Proto-Germanic *kalzōną, from Proto-Indo-European *gal(o)s-, *glōs-, *golH-so-. Cognate with Scots call, caw, ca, Dutch kallen, German dialectal kallen, Swedish kalla, Norwegian kalle, Icelandic kalla, Welsh galw, Polish głos, Lithuanian gal̃sas, Russian голос, Albanian gjuhë ("language, tongue").
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