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British Dictionary definitions for cavel

cavel

noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for cavel

Historical Examples

  • 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.