• From Late Middle English pulse, Middle English pulsen, from Latin pulsāre, the present active infinitive of pulsō, the frequentative of pellō; see further at etymology 1.
  • From Middle English puls, Early Middle English pols (in compounds), possibly from Anglo-Norman pus, puz, Middle French pouls, pols, pous, and Old French pous, pou (perhaps in the sense of a gruel made from pulses), or directly from their etymon Latin puls, probably from Ancient Greek πόλτος, from Proto-Indo-European *pel- (perhaps by extension from *pel-, in the sense of something beaten).

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