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noun (1)

plural -s
dialectal, England & Scotland
: a deep still pool
also : whirlpool


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noun (2)

plural -s
: a wickerwork or slotted trap for fish, especially eels
: a conventionalized heraldic representation of such a trap
: a basket especially for fish


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dialectal English and Scottish variant of well:4

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English wel, wele, from Old English wǣl eddy, pool; akin to Middle Dutch wael pool, Old Low Franconian wāl abyss, Old High German wuolen to stir up, rumple, Sanskrit vālati he turns

Noun (2)

Middle English wyle, wele, from Old English wile- (from wilige basket)

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“Weel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weel. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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