Naut. a bitt or large cleat for securing heavy lines
Origin of kevelMiddle English keuil from Norman French keville (Fr cheville) from Classical Latin clavicula, small key (in LL, a bar, bolt for a door), diminutive of clavis, key: see close
A sturdy cleat for securing a line, as in mooring a ship.
Origin of kevelMiddle English kevil from Old French keville wooden peg from Latin clāvicula diminutive of clāvis key
English dialect kevil, cavel, rod, pole, a large hammer, horse's bit; compare Icelandic kefli cylinder, a stick, mangle, and Danish kievle a roller.
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