noundialect, rare British, Welsh
A snare used to catch birds or other small game, consisting of a flexible switch attached to a noose in which the animal is caught when the trap is sprung.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Carew (1555–1620), antiquary and poet. Probably from spring + -le.
noundialect, rare British, Midlands English, East Anglian English
A rod, especially of hazel, used to fasten down thatch.
Mid 17th century. Apparently from spring + -le.