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[in-ter-veyl] /ˈɪn tərˌveɪl/
noun, Chiefly New England.
a low-lying tract of land along a river.
Also, interval.
Origin of intervale
1640-50; variant of interval; by folk etymology taken as inter- + vale Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This was enclosed with a thick plantation of firs on all sides but that one which looked westward across the intervale.

    The Master of the Inn Robert Herrick
  • In a region with scarcely any level land or intervale, farmers are at a disadvantage.

    On Horseback Charles Dudley Warner
  • On the left or opposite bank of the stream there was no intervale at all.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
  • The land in some parts being a second intervale, and in others a good upland with a strong soil.

  • "Townsend, four miles; intervale, six miles," read Henry aloud.

    The Box-Car Children Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The intervale and low lands are generally later in drying, and are generally cultivated in June.

  • The two men followed the foot-path, which wound downward from the Inn across the intervale.

    The Master of the Inn Robert Herrick
  • The forest on the intervale between the stream and the mountain was mainly of spruce, basswood, yellow birch and a few firs.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • The crops were raised on the "intervale" and the cattle pastured on the mountain side.

  • This day of the black snake was an eventful day for the little kings of the intervale.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts

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