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spall

[spawl] /spɔl/
noun
1.
a chip or splinter, as of stone or ore.
verb (used with object)
2.
to break into smaller pieces, as ore; split or chip.
verb (used without object)
3.
to break or split off in chips or bits.
Origin of spall
late Middle English
1750-1760
1750-60; origin uncertain; compare late Middle English spalle a chip
Related forms
spaller, noun
nonspalling, adjective
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spall

/spɔːl/
noun
1.
a splinter or chip of ore, rock, or stone
verb
2.
to split or cause to split into such fragments
Word Origin
C15: of unknown origin
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n.

"chip of stone," mid-15c., from Middle English verb spald "to split open" (early 14c.), from or related to Middle Dutch spalden, Middle Low German spalden, cognate with Old High German spaltan "to split" (see spill (v.)).

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