span-celling

spancel

[span-suhl]
noun
1.
a noosed rope with which to hobble an animal, especially a horse or cow.
verb (used with object), spanceled, spanceling or (especially British) spancelled, spancelling.
2.
to fetter with or as with a spancel.

Origin:
1600–10; < Low German spansel, derivative of spannen to stretch; see span2

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spancel (ˈspænsəl)
 
n
1.  a length of rope for hobbling an animal, esp a horse or cow
 
vb , -cels, -celling, -celled, -cels, -celing, -celed
2.  (tr) to hobble (an animal) with a loose rope
 
[C17: from Low German spansel, from spannen to stretch; see span²]

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