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transitive verb

spanceled or spancelled; spanceled or spancelled; spanceling or spancelling; spancels
: to tie or hobble with or as if with a spancel : fetter


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plural -s
: a rope hobble or clog especially for a horse or cow

Word History


Transitive verb

Low German spanseln, from spansel, noun


Low German spansel, from spannen to stretch, fasten, from Middle Low German

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“Spancel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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