gambrel

noun
gam·​brel | \ ˈgam-brəl How to pronounce gambrel (audio) \

Definition of gambrel

: a stick or iron for suspending slaughtered animals

First Known Use of gambrel

1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 -er entry 2 — more at jamb

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“Gambrel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gambrel?show=1. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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