1) A regional word for heddle, that is the small cords or wires through which the warp is passed in a loom, separating the threads so as to allow the passage of the shuttle.

1498 cum iiij heyldes et sleys pro panno lineo et iiij pro panno canabeo, Beverley

1618 one paire of loomes ... healds, [sl]eyes and implements therto belonging, Hainworth

1792 Healds and Slays for a broad Russel 28 inches in Piece, Halifax.

dates 1498 1618 1792

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