gambrel

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noun gam·brel \ˈgam-brəl\

Definition of gambrel

  1. :  a stick or iron for suspending slaughtered animals

Origin and Etymology of gambrel

probably borrowed from Middle French (Norman) *gamberel, *gambereau (attested only in plural gambereaulx) “kind of pole or fork used by butchers,” apparently re-formation or derivative of gambier, jambier “piece of wood used to keep the legs of a slaughtered animal separate,” from gambe, jambe “leg” + -ier 2-er — more at jamb


First Known Use: 1547


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