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(NZ) a drawing of lots among miners for an easy and profitable place at the coalface
Word Origin
C19: from English dialect cavel to cast lots, apportion
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  • The fore-trysail was bent to some of the mast-hoops, and the sheet fastened to a cavel on the port side.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • Belay: To make a rope fast to a pin or cavel, without hitching or seizing.

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