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English

From Middle English schelle, from Old English sċiell, from Proto-Germanic *skaljō, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kelH- (to split, cleave). Compare West Frisian skyl (peel, rind), Dutch schil (peel, skin, rink), Low German Schell (shell, scale), Irish scelec (pebble), Latin silex (pebble, flint), siliqua (pod), Old Church Slavonic сколика (skolika, shell). More at shale. Doublet of sheal.