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  1. Scot a lane; alley
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French venelle, from Latin vēna vein
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Historical Examples

  • She lives in the Pleasance, and I saw her to-night in the Vennel.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton

  • The Vennel, a narrow lane in Edingburgh, running out of the Grassmarket.

    Weir of Hermiston

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • He turned his horse's head and retraced his path up the vennel.

  • In the Vennel (alley or small street) some ruins remain of the maison dieu, or hospitium, founded in 1256 by William of Brechin.

  • His coach couped in the Vennel, and his lordship was thrown head foremost into the mud.

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