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gambrel

[gam-bruh l]
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noun
  1. the hock of an animal, especially of a horse.
  2. Also called gambrel stick. a wood or metal device for suspending a slaughtered animal.
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Origin of gambrel

1540–50; < Old North French gamberel, akin to French jambier legging, jambe leg
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Examples from the Web for gambrel

Historical Examples

  • It has a gambrel roof, and is on the left when the train is going westward.

    Whittier-land

    Samuel T. Pickard

  • I turned about, and, addressing Gambrel earnestly, entreated him to "hang on to the wheel."

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • The opposite end is very different, and has a hipped or gambrel gable.

  • It is a low building, with a gambrel roof and a huge chimney.

    Not Pretty, But Precious

    John Hay, et al.

  • The Gambrel or Octagonal Roof, and consists of two eight and two nine inch boards thirty-four inches long.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall


British Dictionary definitions for gambrel

gambrel

noun
  1. the hock of a horse or similar animal
  2. a frame of wood or metal shaped like a horse's hind leg, used by butchers for suspending carcasses of meat
  3. short for gambrel roof
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Word Origin

C16: from Old Northern French gamberel, from gambe leg
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Word Origin and History for gambrel

n.

"hipped roof," 1851, short for gambrel roof, so called for its shape, from gambrel "horse's hind leg" (c.1600), earlier "wooden bar to hang carcasses" (1540s), perhaps from Old North French gamberel, from gambe "leg," from Late Latin gamba (see gambol).

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