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Etymology 1[edit]


vell (third-person singular simple present vells, present participle velling, simple past and past participle velled)

  1. (UK, dialect) To cut the turf from, as for burning.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Latin vellus (the skin of a sheep with the wool on it, a fleece, a hide or pelt), or English fell (a hide).


vell (plural vells)

  1. The salted stomach of a calf, used in making cheese; a rennet bag.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Etymology 1[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *veclus, from Latin vetulus, diminutive of vetus.


vell m (feminine vella, masculine plural vells, feminine plural velles)

  1. old

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin vĕllus.


vell m (plural vells)

  1. (agriculture) fleece
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