coffle

[ kaw-fuhl, kof-uhl ]
/ ˈkɔ fəl, ˈkɒf əl /

noun

a line of animals, prisoners, or slaves chained and driven along together.

verb (used with object), cof·fled, cof·fling.

to chain in a coffle.

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Origin of coffle

First recorded in 1790–1800; from Arabic qāfilah “caravan, company of travelers”
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British Dictionary definitions for coffle

coffle
/ (ˈkɒfəl) /

noun

(esp formerly) a line of slaves, beasts, etc, fastened together

Word Origin for coffle

C18: from Arabic qāfilah caravan
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