Etymology
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passel (n.)

a variant of parcel (n.) attested since late 14c.; its use in colloquial American English to mean "a large group or number" of persons or things is attested from 1835.

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Definitions of passel

passel (n.)
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
Synonyms: batch / deal / flock / good deal / great deal / hatful / heap / lot / mass / mess / mickle / mint / mountain / muckle / peck / pile / plenty / pot / quite a little / raft / sight / slew / spate / stack / tidy sum / wad
From wordnet.princeton.edu