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noun (1)

variants or cavel
plural -s
: a strong timber, bollard, or cleat (as a cross timber in a bollard or a timber bolted across two stanchions)


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noun (2)

plural -s


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noun (3)

plural -s
: a hammer for roughly shaping or breaking stone

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English kevile pin, hasp, peg, from Old North French keville, from Latin clavicula small key

Noun (2)

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kefli stick of wood, kafli cut-off piece, Norwegian kavle, kjevle piece of wood, roller; akin to Old Frisian kavelia to cast lots, Middle Dutch kavele piece of wood for casting lots, Lithuanian žabas branch, bunch of twigs

Noun (3)

Middle English kevell

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“Kevel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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