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gambrel

[gam-bruh l] /ˈgæm brəl/
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
1540-1550
1540-50; < Old North French gamberel, akin to French jambier legging, jambe leg
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British Dictionary definitions for gambrel-stick

gambrel

/ˈɡæmbrəl/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from Old Northern French gamberel, from gambe leg
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Word Origin and History for gambrel-stick

gambrel

n.

"hipped roof," 1851, short for gambrel roof, so called for its shape, from gambrel "horse's hind leg" (c.1600), earlier "wooden bar to hang carcasses" (1540s), perhaps from Old North French gamberel, from gambe "leg," from Late Latin gamba (see gambol).

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