From Middle English whele, from Old English hwēol, from Proto-Germanic *hwehwlą, *hweulō (compare West Frisian tsjil, Dutch wiel, Danish hjul), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷekʷlóm, *kʷékʷlos, *kʷékʷléh₂ (compare Tocharian B kokale ("cart, wagon"), Ancient Greek κύκλος ("cycle, wheel"), Avestan 𐬗𐬀𐬑𐬭𐬀, Sanskrit चक्र), reduplication of *kʷel- and a suffix (literally "(the thing that) turns and turns"; compare Latin colō ("to till, cultivate"), Tocharian A and Tocharian B käl-, Ancient Greek πέλω ("to come into existence, become"), Old Church Slavonic коло ("wheel"), Albanian sjell ("to bring, carry, turn around"), Avestan 𐬗𐬀𐬭𐬀𐬌𐬙𐬌, Sanskrit चरति ("it moves, wanders")). charkha, Ku Klux Klan, cycle, and chakra.
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