engrailed

[en-greyld]
adjective Heraldry.
having an edge of a charge consisting of a number of concave curves.
Compare invected.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English engrelede. See engrail, -ed2

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engrail

[en-greyl]
verb (used with object)
1.
to ornament the edge of with curved indentations.
2.
Minting. to make dots or curves on the cylindrical edge of (a coin, medal, etc.) so as to form a pattern.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English engrelen < Anglo-French, Middle French engresler, equivalent to en- en-1 + gresler to make slender ≪ Latin gracilis gracile; compare French grêle kind of file, derivative of grêler

engrailment, noun
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engrail (ɪnˈɡreɪl)
 
vb
(tr) to decorate or mark (the edge of) (a coin) with small carved notches
 
[C14: from Old French engresler, from en-1 + gresle slim, from Latin gracilis slender, graceful]
 
en'grailment
 
n

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If that's done, the engrailed genes in the neighboring cells can't stay on and the cells fail to take up their normal positions.
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