"metal ring attached to the end of a hawk's jess and connecting it to the leash," 1530s, from Old French vervelle (mid-14c.), from Vulgar Latin derivation of Latin vertibulum "joint."

Nearby words

  1. varsity,
  2. varsovian,
  3. varuna,
  4. varus,
  5. varve,
  6. vary,
  7. varying hare,
  8. varèse,
  9. varèse, edgard,
  10. vas

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper