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Quarrel

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A short, stout arrow used in the crossbow. (A corruption of carrial; Welsh, chwarel; French, carreau. So called because the head was originally carré or four-sided. Hence also a quarrel or quarry of glass, meaning a square or diamond-shaped pane; quarier, a square wax-candle, etc.)

“Quarelles qwayntly swappez thorowe knyghtez

With iryne so wekyrly, that wynche they never.”


Morte dʹ Arthwre.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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