Cowl (koul), n. [AS�x3e; cuhle, cugle, cugele; cf. dial. G. kogel, gugel, OF. coule, goule; all fr. LL. cuculla, cucullus, fr. L. cucullus cap, hood; perh. akin to celare to conceal, cella cell. Cf. Cucullate.]


A monk's hood; -- usually attached to the gown. The nname was also applied to the hood and garment together.

What differ more, you cry, than crown and cowl? Pope.


A cowl-shaped cap, commonly turning with the wind, used to improve the draft of a chimney, ventilatingshaft, etc.


A wire cap for the smokestack of a locomotive.


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Cowl, n. [Cf. OF. cuvele, cuvel, dim. of F. cuve tub, vat, fr. L. cupa. See Cup.]

A vessel carried on a pole between two persons, for conveyance of water.



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