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Whole is English for:

  1. entire.
    I ate a whole fish.
  2. sound, uninjured, healthy.
    He is of whole mind, but the same cannot be said about his physical state.


From Middle English hool (“healthy, unhurt, whole”), from Old English hāl (“healthy, safe”), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“whole, safe, sound”) (compare West Frisian hiel, Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, German heil, Danish hel), from Proto-Indo-European *kóh₂ilus (“healthy, whole”) (compare Welsh coel (“omen”), Breton kel (“omen, mention”), Old Prussian kails (“healthy”), Albanian gjallë (“alive, unhurt”), Old Church Slavonic цѣлъ (cělŭ, “healthy, unhurt”). Related to hale, health, hail, and heal.

The spelling with wh-, introduced in the 15th century, was for disambiguation with hole.

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