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nounEnglish Regional, North Midland, Northern
A channel or drain made in the surface of the ground; a gutter, a rain-spout. Now rare.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). Origin uncertain; perhaps originally a variant of riggle or rigol, with alteration of the ending after formations in -ot, -et, and -ate.
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