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heddle

[ hed-l ]
/ ˈhɛd l /
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noun

one of the sets of vertical cords or wires in a loom, forming the principal part of the harness that guides the warp threads.

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Origin of heddle

1505–15; perhaps representing Old English *hefedl, a metathetic variant of hefeld (Middle English helde, ModE heald), cognate with Old Saxon hevild; akin to Old Norse hafald
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heddle
/ (ˈhɛdəl) /

noun

one of a set of frames of vertical wires on a loom, each wire having an eye through which a warp thread can be passed

Word Origin for heddle

Old English hefeld chain; related to Old Norse hafald, Middle Low German hevelte
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