From Middle English verel, virel, virole, altered under the influence of Latin ferrum ("iron"), from Old French virole ("ferrule"), from Latin viriola ("little bracelet"), diminutive of viria, from Gaulish, from Proto-Celtic *wēros ("crooked") (compare Middle Irish fiar ("bent, crooked"), Welsh gŵyr, Breton gwar ("curved")), from Proto-Indo-European *weyh₁ros ("threaded, turned, twisted"), from *weyh₁-.
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