carrell

carrel

[kar-uhl]
noun
1.
Also called cubicle, stall. a small recess or enclosed area in a library stack, designed for individual study or reading.
2.
a table or desk with three sides extending above the writing surface to serve as partitions, designed for individual study, as in a library.
Also, carrell.


Origin:
1585–95; variant spelling of carol enclosure

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carrel or carrell (ˈkærəl)
 
n
a small individual study room or private desk, often in a library, where a student or researcher can work undisturbed
 
[C16: a variant of carol]
 
carrell or carrell
 
n
 
[C16: a variant of carol]

Carrel (kəˈrɛl, ˈkærəl, French karɛl)
 
n
Alexis (əˈlɛksɪs; French alɛksi). 1873--1944, French surgeon and biologist, active in the US (1905--39): developed a method of suturing blood vessels, making the transplantation of arteries and organs possible: Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1912

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carrel
1590s, from M.L. carula "small study in a cloister," perhaps from L. corolla "little crown, garland," used in various senses of "ring" (e.g. of Stonehenge: "þis Bretons renged about þe feld, þe karole of þe stones beheld," 1330); extended to precincts and spaces enclosed by rails,
etc. Specific sense of "private cubicle in a library" is from 1919.
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Carrel Car·rel (kə-rěl', kār'əl), Alexis. 1873-1944.

French-born American surgeon and biologist. He won a 1912 Nobel Prize for his work on vascular ligature and grafting of blood vessels and organs.

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