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or duf·fle

[duhf-uh l]
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  1. a camper's clothing and equipment.
  2. a coarse woolen cloth having a thick nap, used for coats, blankets, etc.
  3. duffel bag.
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Origin of duffel

First recorded in 1640–50; after Duffel, a town near Antwerp
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  1. a heavy woollen cloth with a thick nap
  2. mainly US and Canadian equipment or supplies, esp those of a camper
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Word Origin

C17: after Duffel, Belgian town
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see duffle.

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