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  • n. A hiding-place; a sheltered spot.
  • n. A cluster, small group of buildings, etc. set close together; a huddle.
  • v. To hide; conceal.
  • v. To nestle closely; take shelter.
  • v. To shelter (in one's arms).

Etymologies

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From Middle English hidel, hydel, alteration, due to final s mistaken for the plural ending, of Middle English hidils, hudels ("hiding-place, concealment"), from Old English hȳdels ("a place of concealment, hiding-place, cavern, cave"), equivalent to hide +‎ -le. For loss of final s compare also burial, riddle. More at hide.

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