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cordelle

[kawr-del] /kɔrˈdɛl/
noun
1.
a heavy rope formerly used for towing boats on rivers in Canada and the U.S.
verb (used with object), cordelled, cordelling.
2.
to tow (a boat) by means of a cordelle.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < French, diminutive of corde cord
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