engrail

transitive verb

en·​grail
ə̇nˈgrāl,
en-,
chiefly before pause or consonant -āəl
-ed/-ing/-s
1
a
: to indent (something, such as a heraldic ordinary) with small curves see engrailed
b
: to ornament especially with a pattern indented on the edge
2
obsolete : to carve in intaglio
3
a
obsolete : roughen
b
: to cause to appear serrated
a scene engrailed by three tall peaks

Word History

Etymology

Middle English engrelen, from Middle French engresler, from en- en- entry 1 + gresle, graisle slender, from Latin gracilis

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“Engrail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engrail. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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