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
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
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