From Middle English gravel, grauel, from Old French gravele, diminutive of grave, from Medieval Latin grava, ultimately from Proto-Celtic *grāwā ("gravel, pebbles") (compare Breton groa, Cornish grow, Welsh gro), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰroh₁weh₂, from *gʰreh₁w-. Compare also Old English græfa.
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