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trunnel

[truhn-l] /ˈtrʌn l/
noun
1.
Origin of trunnel
variant of treenail, perhaps by association with trundle

treenail

or trenail, trunnel

[tree-neyl, tren-l, truhn-l] /ˈtriˌneɪl, ˈtrɛn l, ˈtrʌn l/
noun
1.
a wooden pin that swells when moist, used for fastening together timbers, as those of ships.
Origin
First recorded in 1250-1300, treenail is from the Middle English word trenayl. See tree, nail
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trunnel

/ˈtrʌnəl/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of treenail

treenail

/ˈtriːneɪl; ˈtrɛnəl/
noun
1.
a dowel used for pinning planks or timbers together
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