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Meaning of appel

ap•pel

Pronunciation: (u-pel', a-pel' Fr. a-pel'), [key]
— pl. ap•pels
  1. a tap or stamp of the foot, formerly serving as a warning of one's intent to attack, but now also used as a feint.
  2. a sharp stroke with the blade used for the purpose of procuring an opening.
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