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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Carl  \Carl\,  n.  [Icel,  karl  a  male,  a  man;  akin  to  AS  ceorl, 
  OHG.  charal,  G.  kerl  fellow.  See  {Churl}.]  [Written  also 
  1.  A  rude,  rustic  man;  a  churl. 
  The  miller  was  a  stout  carl.  --Chaucer. 
  2.  Large  stalks  of  hemp  which  bear  the  seed;  --  called  also 
  {carl  hemp}. 
  3.  pl  A  kind  of  food.  See  citation,  below. 
  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