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[fahr-dl] /ˈfɑr dl/
noun, Archaic.
a bundle; burden.
Origin of fardel
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Old Provençal, equivalent to fard(a) bundle (≪ Arabic fardah load) + -el < Latin -ellus; see -elle Unabridged
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(archaic) a bundle or burden
Word Origin
C13: from Old French farde, ultimately from Arabic fardah
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Word Origin and History for fardel

"bundle, burden," c.1300, from Old French fardel (13c., Modern French fardeau) "parcel, package, small pack," diminutive of farde, perhaps from Arabic fardah "package."

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fardel in Medicine

fardel far·del (fär-děl')
A measurement used in genetic counseling to determine the penalty incurred as a result of the occurrence of a genetic disease in an individual.

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