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abseil vs. rappel

[ ahp-zahyl, ab-seyl ]
/ ˈɑp zaɪl, ˈæb seɪl /

noun, verb (used without object)
  1. rappel.
[ ra-pel, ruh- ]
/ ræˈpɛl, rə- /

  1. (in mountaineering) the act or method of moving down a steep incline or past an overhang by means of a double rope secured above and placed around the body, usually under the left thigh and over the right shoulder, and paid out gradually in the descent.

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