Origin of trunnel
or tre·nail, trun·nel
[tree-neyl, tren-l, truhn-l]
- a wooden pin that swells when moist, used for fastening together timbers, as those of ships.
Origin of treenail
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Examples from the Web for trunnel
The tierces stand upon a trunnel, which whirls round while a hammer continually strikes upon it.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2
Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
Into each of these we graved a piece of plank, and in one of them we drove a trunnel where none had been before.
- a variant spelling of treenail
trenail trunnel (ˈtrʌnəl)
- a dowel used for pinning planks or timbers together
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