(?), n. [AS. del, akin to E. dale; cf. D. delle, del, low ground. See Dale.] 1. A small, retired valley; a ravine.
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In dells and dales, concealed from human sight.
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2. A young woman; a wench. [Obs.]
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Sweet doxies and dells.
B. Jonson.
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Del"la Crus"ca

(?). A shortened form of Accademia della Crusca, an academy in Florence, Italy, founded in the 16th century, especially for conserving the purity of the Italian language.
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The Accademia della Crusca (literally, academy of the bran or chaff) was so called in allusion to its chief object of bolting or purifying the national language.
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