One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A device on a loom which lifts and separates the warp to allow passage of the shuttle. Also: each of the looped cords or (later) wires forming part of this device.
Old English; earliest use found in The Epinal Glossary. Cognate with Middle Dutch hevelt (early modern Dutch hevelt; compare Dutch hevel), Old Saxon hevild (Middle Low German hēvelte), Icelandic hafald from the Germanic base of Old English hebban to lift + a Germanic suffix forming nouns of action or instrument.
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