a.1.Causing travail; laborious.
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traveilous (OED) 14th century variant of travailous, laborious
I ran it through, even from my boyish days, To th' very moment that he bade me tell it, Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances, Of moving accidents by flood and field, Of hair-breadth scapes I'th' imminent deadly breach, Of being taken by the insolent foe And sold to slavery; of my redemption thence And portance in my travailous history; Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle, Rough quarries, rocks and hills whose heads touch heaven It was my hint to speak--such was the process-And of the cannibals that each other eat, The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads Do grow beneath their shoulders.