echel

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch echel, from Old Dutch *egela, from Proto-West Germanic *egalu (leech). Probably a doublet of egel (hedgehog).

Cognate with German Egel (leech).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛ.xəl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: echel

Noun[edit]

echel f (plural echels, diminutive echeltje n)

  1. (dated) leech, in particular one species used in bloodletting, the European medical leech, Hirudo officinalis

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