Etymology
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trowel (n.)

mid-14c., "tool for spreading plaster or mortar," from Old French truele "trowel" (13c.), from Late Latin truella "small ladle, dipper" (mid-12c.), diminutive of Latin trua "a stirring spoon, ladle, skimmer." The gardening tool was so called since 1796.

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Definitions of trowel
1
trowel (v.)
use a trowel on; for light garden work or plaster work;
2
trowel (n.)
a small hand tool with a handle and flat metal blade; used for scooping or spreading plaster or similar materials;
From wordnet.princeton.edu