gabriel ratchet

noun ga·bri·el rat·chet \ˈgābrēəlˌrachə̇t\

Definition of gabriel ratchet

dialectal

  1. :  the cries of migrating wild geese flying by night which are often popularly explained as the baying of a supernatural pack of hounds and to which various superstitious significances (as forebodings of evil) are attributed

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Origin and Etymology of gabriel ratchet

Middle English Gabrielle rache, from Gabriel, one of the seven archangels, the herald of good tidings (Luke 1), thought of as blowing a trumpet on Judgment Day + rache hound — more at rach


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