from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See mandrel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun any of various shafts that rotate or serve as axes for larger rotating parts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of mandrel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts


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  • Also a type of ape... See usage note on pongo.

    March 4, 2008

  • I always thought this ended in two Ls. Of course, I could be confusing it with Barbara Mandrell.

    March 4, 2008

  • I think it does, normally. That's how I've seen the word before. But here it's just one. Perhaps it's British (e.g. enrol vs. enroll) or perhaps it's archaic.

    Or perhaps it's archaic British.

    March 5, 2008

  • A mandril with one l is not a type of ape. To be a type of ape it needs two ls. Sack your proofreader, O'Brian.

    March 5, 2008

  • Er...he's dead, gangerh.

    March 5, 2008

  • There are archaic spellings all over his books. I don't think this is an instance of a lazy-ass proofreader. Or even a lazy ass-proofreader, for that matter.

    March 5, 2008

  • My thoughts exactly.

    In all my years in the business, I've never met a lazy ass-proofer. Have you?

    March 5, 2008

  • That explains it then, reesetee. Dead proofreader. Probably went to hel.

    March 5, 2008

  • Shouldn't this be persondril?

    March 5, 2008

  • I don't know about the proofreader being dead, but the author is. Besides, as c_b pointed out, it's an archaic speling. ;-)

    March 5, 2008

  • I vote for humandril instead, sionnach. Wait... it's already a primate. Does it matter?

    March 6, 2008