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A fishwife with a creel and a basket

EtymologyEdit

Uncertain. Possibly from Middle English crele, from an Old French root *creille, variant of greille (compare French grille), from Latin crāticula. The English word may also have been of Scottish origin originally.

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creel (plural creels)

  1. (fishing) An osier basket, such as anglers use to hold fish.
    • 1897, William Henley, In Fisherrow:
      Her great creel forehead-slung, she wanders nigh,
      Easing the heavy strap with gnarled, brown fingers
  2. A bar or set of bars with skewers for holding paying-off bobbins, as in the roving machine, throstle, and mule.

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creel (third-person singular simple present creels, present participle creeling, simple past and past participle creeled)

  1. (transitive) To place (fish) in a creel.

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