raddle

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From a variation of reddle, ruddle. Related to red.

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raddle (plural raddles)

  1. A red ochre.
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raddle (third-person singular simple present raddles, present participle raddling, simple past and past participle raddled)

  1. To mark with raddle; to daub something red.
  2. To interweave or twist together.
    • Daniel Defoe
      Raddling or working it up like basket work.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From earlier radel, redle (noun), and ruddle (verb), perhaps a transposition of hurdle or an alteration of riddle (curtain).

Noun[edit]

raddle (plural raddles)

  1. A long, flexible stick, rod, or branch, interwoven with others between upright posts or stakes, in making a kind of hedge or fence.
  2. A hedge or fence made with raddles.
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  3. An instrument consisting of a wooden bar, with a row of upright pegs set in it, used by domestic weavers to keep the warp of a proper width and prevent tangling when it is wound upon the beam of the loom.

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