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[hou-uh l] /ˈhaʊ əl/
a channel cut along the inside edge of a barrel stave to receive the barrelhead.
Origin of howel
1795-1805; perhaps < Danish hövl < Middle Low German hövel; cognate with German Hobel kind of plane Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The name of Capt. howel Davis stands high among his fellows.

  • "We have but the staff of Cynwyl; but that is mighty and greatly resorted to," said howel.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Morgan chose howel and another, and they departed towards the church.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • He had done so, and at a distance, after howel and Morwen, he had entered the mine.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Immediately two men-at-arms entered, leading howel between them.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • If of Welsh extraction, the name was probably Powell, that is, ap howel.

  • "Deeds are masculine, words feminine; letters are neither," wrote howel.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
  • Henry is writing also by this post, but I wanted to tell you about the howel introduction.

    Canada for Gentlemen James Seton Cockburn
  • I have not called upon Mrs. howel, because I could not get at them.

    Canada for Gentlemen James Seton Cockburn
  • Behind him walked his two servants, howel the Welshman, and his own countryman Perot.

    Star of Mercia Blanche Devereux

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