transitive verb
en·​grail | \ ə̇nˈgrāl, en-, chiefly before pause or consonant -āəl \

Definition of engrail

1a : 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
3a obsolete : roughen
b : to cause to appear serrated a scene engrailed by three tall peaks

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History and Etymology for engrail

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 15 Jun. 2021.

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