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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch hole. Related to hol


heul f (plural heulen, diminutive heultje n)

  1. A floodgate with a bridge.
  2. A stone or brick bridge, usually consisting of only a single arch.
  3. (now dialectal) A sewer or a ditch for wastewater.
  4. (dialectal, possibly obsolete) A temporary bridge, often made of wood.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Dutch *huel, attested in compounds corresponding to modern heulzaad, from older oele, from Latin oleum.


heul m or n (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) poppy, plant of the genus Papaver.
    Synonyms: klaproos, maankop, papaver
  2. (archaic) several kinds of soporific drugs made from the poppy.
    Synonyms: maankop, papaver, slaapbol, slaapkruid
  3. (obsolete, figuratively) something soothing, healing, salutary or even redeeming.
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