gambrel-stick

gambrel

[gam-bruhl]
noun
1.
the hock of an animal, especially of a horse.
2.
Also called gambrel stick. a wood or metal device for suspending a slaughtered animal.

Origin:
1540–50; < Old North French gamberel, akin to French jambier legging, jambe leg

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gambrel (ˈɡæmbrəl)
 
n
1.  the hock of a horse or similar animal
2.  a frame of wood or metal shaped like a horse's hind leg, used by butchers for suspending carcasses of meat
3.  short for gambrel roof
 
[C16: from Old Northern French gamberel, from gambe leg]

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gambrel
"hipped roof," 1851, short for gambrel roof, so called for its shape, from gambrel "horse's hind leg," earlier (1547) "wooden bar to hang carcasses," from O.N.Fr. gamberel, from gambe "leg," from L.L. gamba (see gambol).
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