Definition of avel in English:


(also havel)

Pronunciation /ˈavl/

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dialect British, East Anglian English
  • The awn of barley and other grasses.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Moor (1771–1848), writer on Hindu mythology. Origin uncertain; perhaps the reflex of a borrowing of an unattested early Scandinavian cognate of ail; for the attested Scandinavian forms see awn.