treenail

or tre·nail, trun·nel

[ tree-neyl, tren-l, truhn-l ]
/ ˈtriˌneɪl, ˈtrɛn l, ˈtrʌn l /

noun

a wooden pin that swells when moist, used for fastening together timbers, as those of ships.

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Origin of treenail

First recorded in 1250–1300, treenail is from the Middle English word trenayl.See tree, nail
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British Dictionary definitions for treenail

treenail

trenail trunnel (ˈtrʌnəl)

/ (ˈtriːneɪl, ˈtrɛnəl) /

noun

a dowel used for pinning planks or timbers together
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