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  1. maths another name for del
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek nabla stringed instrument, because it is shaped like a harp
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Historical Examples

  • He heard the mother beating and scolding, and Nabla crying and pleading within.

    The Fairy Ring


  • Nabla told her, and the woman said, "I'll spin the silk for you if you ask me to the wedding."

  • When the Prince heard this he believed that she was one of Nabla's poor friends.

  • Scarabus with hawk-headed gryphon, having before in the urus and the nabla or guitar, hieroglyphic of good.

  • The King's son helped Nabla to a seat behind him on the horse's back and bidding adieu to the widow, rode off.