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passel (PAS-uhl) noun

A large group or a large number.

[Alteration of parcel.]

"The Nokia sponsored passel of metropolitan hacks arrive at the spectacularly located Headlands hotel and gibber excitedly." Steven Wells; What I Did on My Nokia-Sponsored Surfing Holidays; Guardian (London, UK); Aug 5, 2003.

"Confused by the lights of beachfront homes, a passel of newborn loggerhead sea turtles were safely shepherded to the sea by volunteers who had been baby-sitting the island's sole turtle nest for a week." Teresa Stepzinski; Turtles Emerge From Island's Lone Nest; Augusta Chronicle (Georgia); Jul 29, 2003.

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