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Old English mistel "basil, mistletoe," from Proto-Germanic *mikhstilaz (cf. Old Saxon mistil, Dutch mistel, Old High German mistil, German Mistel, Swedish mistel), of unknown origin.

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Examples from the Web for missel

Historical Examples

  • Various birds, and particularly the missel thrush, feed upon the berries.

    The Reason Why


  • A note is added as to Darwin's statement about the missel and song-thrushes in Scotland.

    Darwinism (1889)

    Alfred Russel Wallace

  • Missel (probably Frisel or Fraser), in embassy to Norway, 121.

  • If he likes, he may take hold of the feet of a looser and compel him to walk on his hands to secure this missel.

    The Tinguian

    Fay-Cooper Cole

  • Missel, mis′l, n. the largest of the European thrushes—supposed to be fond of the berries of the mistletoe.