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ap•pel  (ə pel, a pel; Fr. a pel),USA pronunciation n., pl.  ap•pels (ə pelz, a pelz; Fr. a pel).USA pronunciation [Fencing.]
  1. Sporta tap or stamp of the foot, formerly serving as a warning of one's intent to attack, but now also used as a feint.
  2. Sporta sharp stroke with the blade used for the purpose of procuring an opening.
  • French; see appeal

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Appel /Dutch: ˈɑpəl/ n
  1. Karel (ˈkaːrəl). 1921–2006, Dutch abstract expressionist painter

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