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Probably of Scandinavian origin, compare Danish dvale ‘sleep, stupor’.
- IPA: /dweɪl/
- Rhymes: -eɪl
NounDwale (usually uncountable; plural Dwales)
- (obsolete) a sleeping-potion, especially one made from belladonna
- Late C14: To bedde goþ Aleyne and also John; / Þer nas na moore – hem nedede no dwale. — Geoffrey Chaucer, The Reeve's Tale
- belladonna itself, deadly nightshade; or some other soporific plant
- 1842: Beneath and around the clumps of ragged moss-grown elder and hoary stunted whitethorn (...) rise thickets of tall nettles and rank hemlock, concealing the deadly but alluring dwale — J. van Voorst, The Phytologist, p. 595.