1.
to underwash, to undermine
(When water slowly washes away the ground under a road or concrete surface for instance. )
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Word Family

Root: *(s)plei-

This is one of several Indo-European roots that were about the core idea of:

splitting, splicing

This one is the origin of English split, splice and flint. 

The German Spule (coil) originally was a cut off round piece of wood you used to wrap your yarn around.

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