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cantle

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Etymology

Anglo-Norman cantel, from Old French chantel, from mediæval Latin cantellus, diminutive of Latin cantus (iron tyre).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈkæntəl/

Noun

Singular
cantle

Plural
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  1. The raised back of a saddle.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Arrest of Lieutenant Golightly’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 93:
      He recognised a horse when he saw one, and could do more than fill a cantle.
    • 1926, T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom:
      Next day, he returned with a camel-saddle of equal beauty, the long brass horns of its cantles adorned with exquisite old Yemeni engraving.
    • 1994, Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing:
      The traps were packed in the splitwillow basket that his father wore with the shoulderstraps loosed so that the bottom of the basket carried on the cantle of the saddle behind him.

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