plural -s
: a steel lever used to bend a crossbow

Word History


Middle English gaffolle, from Middle Dutch gaffel, gafel fork; akin to Old English gafol, geafel fork, Old High German gabala, Old Saxon gafala fork, Old Irish gabul forked branch, fork, vulva

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“Gaffle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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