1. A frame used in making paper by hand to form paper pulp into sheets of a desired size.
2. A deckle edge.
[German Deckel, from Decke, cover, from decken, to cover, from Middle High German, from Old High German decchen; see (s)teg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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