rail etymology

English word rail comes from Old French rasle, and later French râle ((medicine) rale. Groan. Rail (bird).)

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Detailed word origin of rail

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
rasle Old French (fro)
râle French (fra) (medicine) rale. Groan. Rail (bird).
rail English (eng) Any of several birds in the family Rallidae.