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(Austral) a shallow lake or swampy depression supporting vegetation
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from a native Australian language
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  • The steady breeze came yet from Stron, and sat snug in the sails of the six boats that carried the Duke's men over to cowal.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • The fishermen and their boats were far down on cowal after signs of herring; the bay was given up to barque and gabbart alone.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • He looked vaguely with half-shut eyes upon the looming round of cowal, where Sitbean Sluaidhe was tipped with brass.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • I am pleased that he is safe, though I would sooner hear he was in cowal than in Campbell country.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • They have sacked and burned the greater part of cowal; they have gone down as far as Knapdale.

    John Splendid Neil Munro

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