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RABBLE

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 768 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RABBLE, a general term for a disorderly crowd, apparently connected with the verb " to rabble," to talk or work in a confused manner, Du. rabbelen, Ger. dialect rabbeln, cf. Gr. pa(3fiaaeiv, to howl. In iron and steehmanufacture, a puddling-tool, for stirring the molten metal, is called a " rabble." This is a different word, adapted from Fr. rdble, for roable, Med. Lat. rotabulum, Lat. rutabulum (ruere, to rake), a fire-shovel or oven rake.
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