chisel

1) A variant spelling of 'chesil' meaning gravel. It came to be used of coarse flour, or bran which has a gritty character.

1589 dyvers bakers of this cittie ... have of laite used to sell course meale to the poore ... and ... have mingled and maid up the same with bran chesell and such like stuffe, York

1642 in every bushell of meale that commeth from the mill there is very neare a pecke of chizell dressed out, which hereabouts is called treate, in the South-Country, branne, Elmswell.

spellings chesil treate
places Elmswell York
dates 1589 1642

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