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spancel

[span-suh l] /ˈspæn səl/
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
1600-1610
1600-10; < Low German spansel, derivative of spannen to stretch; see span2
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British Dictionary definitions for spancel

spancel

/ˈspænsəl/
noun
1.
a length of rope for hobbling an animal, esp a horse or cow
verb -cels, -celling, -celled (US) -cels, -celing, -celed
2.
(transitive) to hobble (an animal) with a loose rope
Word Origin
C17: from Low German spansel, from spannen to stretch; see span²
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