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deckle n. a thick band of fat on (a cut of) meat; a very fatty cut of meat. Etymological Note: Mostly likely connected to German dicht ‘thick,’ dick ‘thick’ or ‘fat,’ or Dicke ‘fat person, a fatty.’ The prefix dick- is used to to indicate “fatty,” “big,” “fattening,”or “thick” (as in “thick-bodied” and “thick in the head”) in various German compounds. The -el ending is a dimunitive, making deckle mean, more or less, “a little fatty thing.” Less likely, deckle is perhaps from another German deckel, “a little covering,” which came into English as deckle, a device that controls the size of pages in paper-making, producing deckle-edged paper that is rough and un-cut. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  • A printing catalogue I am currently translating into Castilian (Spain’s Spanish) includes “deckle” as one out of several edge finishings of paper (among which: “pinking; colonial; scallop; shortwave; wave; squiggle; Victorian”).

    I am about to render “irregular” (as in former times printed photographs’ edges would be finished, sometimes by genly hitting the egdes with a scissor’s blade).

    Thanks for your dictionary.

    Esteve Comes i Bergua
    Translator and proofreader
    (English, Italian and French into Catalan and Castilian)

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