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[hou-uh l] /ˈhaʊ əl/
a channel cut along the inside edge of a barrel stave to receive the barrelhead.
Origin of howel
1795-1805; perhaps < Danish hövl < Middle Low German hövel; cognate with German Hobel kind of plane Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • howel is out of the fly, and Netta lifted in before she knows what she is about.

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale
  • "We have but the staff of Cynwyl; but that is mighty and greatly resorted to," said howel.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • I've had enough of law in paying for howel, and nothing come of it.

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale
  • If of Welsh extraction, the name was probably Powell, that is, ap howel.

  • No, I cannot leave this house,—I will not; never, never till howel comes or sends for me.

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale
  • Henry is writing also by this post, but I wanted to tell you about the howel introduction.

    Canada for Gentlemen James Seton Cockburn
  • Netta, too, obeyed howel's last injunction to the best of her ability.

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale
  • The internal life of Wales is best seen in the laws of howel the Good.

    A Short History of Wales Owen M. Edwards
  • However, it was not forthcoming, and so howel suffered alone.

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale
  • But here comes neighbour howel to favour us with his opinion.

    Home as Found James Fenimore Cooper

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