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From Old English dosil (faucet of a barrel), Old French dosil, duisil (spigot), Latin diciculus, ducillus, from Latin ducere (to lead, draw). See duct, duke.


dossil (plural dossils)

  1. (surgery) A small ovoid or cylindrical roll or pledget of lint, for keeping a sore, wound, etc., open; a tent.
  2. (printing) A roll of cloth for wiping off the face of a copperplate, leaving the ink in the engraved lines.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for dossil in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)