gav·​elock | \ ˈgavlək \
variants: or less commonly gablock
plural -s

Definition of gavelock

1 archaic : a spear or dart : javelin
2 or less commonly gablock, dialectal, British : an iron crowbar or lever

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History and Etymology for gavelock

Middle English gavelok, from Old English gafeluc, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh gaflach javelin, gafl forked branch, fork

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“Gavelock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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