chavel

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English chavel, from Old English ċeafl ‎(a bill, beak, snout, jaw, jaw-bone, cheek, cheek-bone), from Proto-Germanic *kaflaz, *keflaz, *kefraz ‎(jaw), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵēbh-, *gēbh- ‎(jaw, gills). Cognate with Middle Low German kavel ‎(jaw, gums, palate), Dutch kevels ‎(jawbones, toothless jaws), Middle High German kivel, kivele, kiuwel ‎(jaw). More at jowl.

Noun[edit]

chavel ‎(plural chavels)

  1. (obsolete) The jaw, especially, the jaw of a beast.

Verb[edit]

chavel ‎(third-person singular simple present chavels, present participle chaveling, simple past and past participle chaveled)

  1. (transitive, dialectal) To chew.

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin capillus.

Noun[edit]

chavel m (plural chavels)

  1. (single strand of) hair