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plural -s
: a cooper's plane having a convex sole for smoothing the insides of casks and for chamfering, crozing, and chiming
: a rounded cut above and below the croze in a barrel stave


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transitive verb

howeled or howelled; howeled or howelled; howeling or howelling; howels
: to smooth with a howel

Word History



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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“Howel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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