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Though the French is in all lowercase, it represent a devil (common noun) and the Devil (proper noun). Just so happens that Dieu is capitalized and diable isn't; presumably because of the status of the two deities in Christianity. Mglovesfun (talk) 21:01, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

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diable, French sense 3[edit]

Really?! Hyarmendacil (talk) 07:48, 4 January 2014 (UTC)

Really, it seems. Robert Burns's A Naval and Military Technical Dictionary of the French Language gives diable as a translation of "truck", and I found a cite which I've added to the entry. (A more informed check of my translation would be appreciated.)
Disentagling the supernatural meaning is non-trivial without having a better idea what else to search for. I've tried adding "en bois" and "pousse", but it hasn't helped much.
Still looking. --Catsidhe (verba, facta) 08:28, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
w:fr:Diable (outil). And yes I know Wikipedia isn't always error free, but this looks real to me. Mglovesfun (talk) 13:02, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
Three cites, from 1954 to 2011. The last has a photograph. I think that should settle it. --Catsidhe (verba, facta) 01:07, 10 January 2014 (UTC)