cavel

noun

NZ a drawing of lots among miners for an easy and profitable place at the coalface

Nearby words

  1. cave-in,
  2. caveat,
  3. caveat emptor,
  4. caveator,
  5. cavefish,
  6. cavell,
  7. cavell, edith,
  8. caveman,
  9. cavendish,
  10. cavendish experiment

Word Origin for cavel

C19: from English dialect cavel to cast lots, apportion

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Examples from the Web for cavel

  • Belay: To make a rope fast to a pin or cavel, without hitching or seizing.

  • The fore-trysail was bent to some of the mast-hoops, and the sheet fastened to a cavel on the port side.

    At Aboukir and Acre|George Alfred Henty