- a bundle; burden.
Origin of fardel
1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Old Provençal, equivalent to fard(a) bundle (≪ Arabic fardah load) + -el < Latin -ellus; see -elle
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Examples from the Web for fardel
I humbly thank him, and shall sleep the lighter for the fardel's loss.The Last Of The Barons, Complete
Cattle are most commonly attacked by fardel in summer and autumn, when they are able to get at tough, strong, and hard grass.
He threw down his burden in triumph at the hearth-side, shouting merrily, Ass and fardel!Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall
Robert S. Hawker
Who can endure to leave the Future all unguessed, and sit tamely down to groan under the fardel of the Present?Rienzi
Edward Bulwer Lytton
What though the world once went hard with me, when I was fain to carry my fardel a foot-back?Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592
- archaic a bundle or burden
C13: from Old French farde, ultimately from Arabic fardah
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Word Origin and History for fardel
"bundle, burden," c.1300, from Old French fardel (13c., Modern French fardeau) "parcel, package, small pack," diminutive of farde, perhaps from Arabic fardah "package."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A measurement used in genetic counseling to determine the penalty incurred as a result of the occurrence of a genetic disease in an individual.
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