• From Middle English rail, rayl, *reȝel, *reȝol (found in reȝolsticke), partly from Old English regol ("a ruler, straight bar") and partly from Old French reille; both from Latin regula ("rule, bar"), from regere; see regular.
  • From French râle, Old French rasle. Compare Medieval Latin rallus. Named from its harsh cry, Vulgar Latin *rasculum, from Latin rādō ("to scrape").
  • From Middle French railler.
  • From Middle English rail, reil, from Old English hræġl. Cognate with Old Frisian hreil, reil, Old Saxon hregil, Old High German hregil.
  • Probably from Anglo-Norman raier, Middle French raier.

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