any of a series of parallel wires or cords in the harness of a loom, used for separating and guiding the warp threads
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Word origin of 'heddle'
prob. (by metathesis) < ME helde
< OE hefeld
, weaving thread (akin to ON hafald
) < base of hebban
, to raise (see heave
) + -eld
, instrumental suffix