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(maths) another name for del
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C19: from Greek nabla stringed instrument, because it is shaped like a harp
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  • Then she brought in a golden loom and told nabla she must have all that thread woven in twenty-four hours.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • nabla told her, and the woman said, "I'll spin the silk for you if you ask me to the wedding."

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • Scarabus with hawk-headed gryphon, having before in the urus and the nabla or guitar, hieroglyphic of good.

  • Poor nabla, in amazement, sat looking at the big heap of silk and the golden wheel.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • He heard the mother beating and scolding, and nabla crying and pleading within.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • When the Prince heard this he believed that she was one of nabla's poor friends.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • The King's son helped nabla to a seat behind him on the horse's back and bidding adieu to the widow, rode off.

    The Fairy Ring Various

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