• From Middle English hals, from Old English heals ("neck, prow of a ship"), from Proto-Germanic *halsaz ("neck"), from Proto-Indo-European *kols-, *ḱols-. Cognate with Dutch hals ("neck, throat"), German Hals ("neck, throat"), Norwegian hals ("neck, throat"), Swedish hals ("neck, throat"), Latin collum ("neck").
  • From Middle English halsen, halchen, from Old English ("to embrace"), from heals. See above. Cognate with Old Saxon helsjen ("to embrace"), Old High German halsōn (German halsen ("to jibe")), Icelandic hálsa ("to embrace").
  • From Middle English halsen, halsien, from Old English healsian, hālsian, from Proto-Germanic *hailisōną ("to greet"), from Proto-Indo-European *kailo-, *kailu-. Cognate with Middle High German heilsen ("to predict"), Swedish hälsa ("to greet"), Icelandic heilsa ("to salute"). More at whole, hailse.
  • From Middle English hals ("neck"), from Old Norse háls ("neck, part of the forecastle or bow of a ship"), from Proto-Germanic *halsaz ("neck"). See Etymology 1. Cognate with Danish hals ("neck, tack").

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