vale

[veyl]
noun
1.
a valley.
2.
the world, or mortal or earthly life: this vale of tears.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French val < Latin vallem, accusative of vallis, vallēs valley

vale, vail.
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vale1 (veɪl)
 
n
a literary word for valley
 
[C13: from Old French val, from Latin vallis valley]

vale2 (ˈvɑːleɪ)
 
sentence substitute
farewell; goodbye

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vale
river-land between two ranges of hills, c.1300, from O.Fr. val "valley," from L. vallem (nom. vallis, valles) "valley." Vale of years "old age" is from "Othello." Vale of tears "this world as a place of trouble" is attested from 1554.
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No mind ran so freely, so widely or so freshly over the hills and vales of existence.
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