how·​el | \ ˈhau̇(ə)l\
plural -s

Definition of howel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a cooper's plane having a convex sole for smoothing the insides of casks and for chamfering, crozing, and chiming
2 : a rounded cut above and below the croze in a barrel stave
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howeled or howelled; howeled or howelled; howeling or howelling; howels

Definition of howel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to smooth with a howel

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History and Etymology for howel


probably from Low German höwel plane, from Middle Low German hövel; akin to Old High German hubil hill, Old English hȳf beehive

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