gabelle

[guh-bel]
noun
1.
a tax; excise.
2.
French History. a tax on salt, abolished in 1790.

Origin:
1375–1425; Middle English gabul, gabel (probably confused with gavel2) < Middle French < Italian gabella < Arabic gabālah tax, receipt

gabelled, adjective
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gabelle (ɡæˈbɛl)
 
n
French history a salt tax levied until 1790
 
[C15: from Old Italian gabella, from Arabic qabālah tribute, from qabala he received]
 
ga'belled
 
adj

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gabelle

form of tax in France before the Revolution of 1789-in particular, from the 15th century onward, the tax on salt

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On top of that, peasants resented the gabelle, a tax on salt that was particularly unfairly applied to the poor.
Some provinces are allowed to compound for the gabelle or salt-tax.
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