RABBLE, a general term for a disorderly crowd, apparently connected with the verb " to rabble," to talk or work in a confused manner, Du. rabbelen, Ger. dialect rabbeln, cf. Gr. pafidaativ, to howl. In iron and steel manufacture, a puddlingtool, for stirring the molten metal, is called a " rabble." This is a different word, adapted from Fr. rdble, for roable, Med. Lat. rolabulum, Lat. rutabidum (ruere, to rake), a fire-shovel or oven rake.
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