awl

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See also: AWL and -awl

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From Middle English aul, alle, al, from Old English æl, from Proto-Germanic *ēlō (compare Middle Low German āl, Dutch aal, German Ahle), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ólos (compare Khotanese [script needed] (aiysna), Sanskrit आरा (ā́rā)),

Alternatively, possibly from *ēl- (awl, prong).

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Stitching awls

awl (plural awls)

  1. A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.
  2. (entomology) Any of various hesperiid butterflies.

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