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AVAL(D),2 Avel(l), Yaavel, (Y)avil, Yaval, n., adj. and v. See Awal(d).2

1. n. A crop sown the second year on the same field. Kcb. 1828 W. McDowall Poems 25:
My avell's struck wi' poverty Like a sour boggy stank.

2. adj. (See quots.) Ork. 1929 Marw.:
Yaavel land or crop, stubble-land (after a cereal crop) which is sown with a cereal crop a second time consecutively. [Prob. borrowed from ne.Sc.]
ne.Sc. 1881 W. Gregor Folk-Lore North-East Scot. 179:
The next crop [i.e. the second from lea] was also of oats and was named the “yaavel crap.” . . . The land was then manured and sown with bere.
Mry. 1825 Jam.2:
Yavil, the second crop after lea.
w.Sc. 1869 J. C. Morton Cycl. Agric. II. 720:
An avald crop is the second white crop in succession on the same land.
Gall. 1825 Jam.2:
Awald-crap, the second crop after lea . . . Avil, Galloway.
Gall.1 1914:
An avel crop = the second white crop in succession of a rotation.

3. v. (See quot.) Kcb.1 1925:
To aval a field, is to take a second crop of corn off it.

4. In transferred senses: (1) yavil-bachelor, a widower (Gregor D.Bnff. (1866) 213); (2) yaval broth, “second day's broth,” T.S.D.C. I. (1914) 15 (the form yaval being there given for Abd., Bnff., Mry.).

[Prob. of same origin as Avald.1 See Awald.2]

Aval(d) n.2, adj.2, v.2

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