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travail

(trə-vāl′, trăv′āl′)
n.
1. Tribulation or agony; anguish.
2. The labor of childbirth.
intr.v. tra·vailed, tra·vailing, tra·vails
1. To work strenuously; toil.
2. To be in the labor of childbirth.

travail

[trəvāl′]
Etymology: OFr, travaillier, to work
1 physical or mental exertion, especially when distressful.
2 in obstetrics, the effort of labor and childbirth.
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Accept this alms, friend,'' continued the lady, offering a piece of gold, ``in acknowledgment of thy painful travail, and of the shrines thou hast visited.