From Middle English claimen, borrowed from Old French clamer ("to call, name, send for"), from Latin clamo ("to call, cry out"), from Proto-Indo-European *kelh₁- ("to shout"), which is imitative; see also Lithuanian kalba ("language"), Old English hlōwan ("to low, make a noise like a cow"), Old High German halan ("to call"), Ancient Greek καλέω ("to call, convoke"), κλέδον, κέλαδος, Middle Irish cailech ("cock"), Latin calō ("to call out, announce solemnly"), Sanskrit उषःकल ("cock"). Cognate with Spanish llamar and clamar.
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