One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having semicircular indentations along the edge.Compare with invected
- ‘For the Oriel Hall coat of arms this has been changed to a gold lion rampant on a blue field within a gold engrailed border.’
- ‘Nevertheless, the potential role of the engrailed gene in segmentation has been the focus of comparative studies.’
Late Middle English (as verb engrail): from Old French engresler ‘make thin’, from en- (expressing a change of state) + gresle ‘thin’, from Latin gracilis.
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