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A.Word.A.Day--trunnel

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trunnel (TRUN-l) noun

Treenail, a wooden peg that swells when wet, used for fastening timbers, especially in shipbuilding.

[Variant of treenail.]

"Speak to Milton Graton -- the world's preeminent covered-bridge restorer -- and you speak to a surgeon with broadax, a genius of trunnels, a man who says 'To hell with contracts; I work by handshake.'"
Mark Muro; Bridge Builder Has Broadax, Will Travel; The Boston Globe; Feb 8, 1987.

"Jim Wagner, who describes himself as 'a boat guy' from Lancaster, Pa., has been helping with the project since the first frames went into place. He says he must have milled thousands of trunnels, the wooden nails that hold the deck planks in place."
Joel McCord; Replica Cargo Ship Readied For Launch; The Sun (Baltimore, Maryland); Mar 23, 2001.

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