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  • From Middle English killen, kyllen, cullen, of obscure origin.
  • Perhaps from Old English *cyllan, from Proto-West Germanic *kwulljan, from Proto-Germanic *kwuljaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷelH-.
  • Or, possibly a variant of Old English cwellan (see quell).
  • Or, from Old Norse kolla, related to Norwegian kylla, Middle Dutch kollen, Icelandic kollur; see also coll, cole).
  • Compare also Middle Dutch killen, kellen, Middle Low German killen, Middle High German kellen.
  • Borrowing from Dutch kil, from Middle Dutch kille.

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