trunnel

[truhn-l]

Origin of trunnel

variant of treenail, perhaps by association with trundle

treenail

or tre·nail, trun·nel

[tree-neyl, tren-l, truhn-l]
noun
  1. a wooden pin that swells when moist, used for fastening together timbers, as those of ships.

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 trunnel

trunnel

noun
  1. a variant spelling of treenail

treenail

trenail trunnel (ˈtrʌnəl)

noun
  1. a dowel used for pinning planks or timbers together
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