Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin -alis
Noun suffix (1)
Middle English -aille, from Anglo-French, from Latin -alia, neuter plural of -alis
Noun suffix (2)
French, from alcool alcohol, from Medieval Latin alcohol
“Al.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Al. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.
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Nglish: Translation of Al for Spanish Speakers
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