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 Quarll (Philip).Quarrel. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Quarrel.
 
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.)   1
       
“Quarelles qwayntly swappez thorowe knyghtez
With iryne so wekyrly, that wynche they never.”
       
Morte d’ Arthwre.
 


 Quarll (Philip).Quarrel. 

 
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