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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Carl \Carl\, n. [Icel, karl a male, a man; akin to AS. ceorl, OHG. charal, G. kerl fellow. See Churl.] [Written also carle.] 1. A rude, rustic man; a churl. [1913 Webster] The miller was a stout carl. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Large stalks of hemp which bear the seed; -- called also carl hemp. [1913 Webster] 3. pl. A kind of food. See citation, below. [1913 Webster] Caring or carl are gray steeped in water and fried the next day in butter or fat. They are eaten on the second Sunday before Easter, formerly called Carl Sunday. --Robinson's Whitby Glossary (1875). [1913 Webster]