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From Middle English newel, niwel (right down, adv), from Old English nēol, nȳwol, nēowol, neowol, niwol, nihol (precipitous, headlong, prone, prostrate, obscure, deep down, low, profound, abysmal), probably a variant of nifol (dark, gloomy, obscure), from Proto-Germanic *nibulaz, *nebulaz (mist, fog), from Proto-Indo-European *nébʰelos, from Proto-Indo-European *nébʰos (cloud, mist, moisture). Cognate with Dutch nevel (mist, fog, haze), German Nebel (fog, mist, haze, nebula), Icelandic nifl (fog, darkness), Icelandic njól (mist, night, darkness), Latin nebula (fog, cloud, vapour), Ancient Greek νέφος (néphos, cloud).


nuel (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Prone; tending to.
  2. (obsolete) face-down; prostrate.

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