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Uncertain. Possibly from Middle English crele, from a Old French root *creille, variant of greille (compare French grille), from Latin crāticula. The English word may also have been of Scottish origin originally.
creel (plural creels)
- (fishing) An osier basket, such as anglers use to hold fish.
- A bar or set of bars with skewers for holding paying-off bobbins, as in the roving machine, throstle, and mule.