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dowle “that's in my plume—One,” THE TEMPEST, iii. 3. 65. That here dowle means “feather” or “particle of down in a feather,” is surely plain enough; and the word occurs in early writers applied to other similar substances: but Horne Tooke maintains, against the commentators on Shakespeare, that dowle (or doule, dole, deal, dell) means merely a part, piece, or portion; and such perhaps may have been the original meaning of the word. (I find the rare verb bedowl in An Eclogue by Davies, appended to Browne's Shepheards Pipe:
“What though time yet hannot bedowld thy chin?”
Sig M 2, ed. 1620. )

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