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jamb1

or jambe

[jam] /dʒæm/
noun
1.
Architecture, Building Trades.
  1. either of the vertical sides of a doorway, arch, window, or other opening.
  2. either of two stones, timbers, etc., forming the sidepieces for the frame of an opening.
2.
Armor. greave.
Origin of jamb1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English jambe < Middle French: leg, jamb < Late Latin gamba, variant of camba pastern, leg < Greek kampḗ bend of a limb
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  • "A jambe gules erased," said Sir Nigel, shaking his head solemnly.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "jambe casse, beaucoup mal casse," explained the French scholar.

    Stella Fregelius H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for jambe

jamb

/dʒæm/
noun
1.
a vertical side member of a doorframe, window frame, or lining
2.
a vertical inside face of an opening in a wall
Word Origin
C14: from Old French jambe leg, jamb, from Late Latin gamba hoof, hock, from Greek kampē joint
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Word Origin and History for jambe

jamb

n.

side-piece of a door, window, etc., early 14c., from Old French jambe "pier, side post of a door," originally "a leg, shank" (12c.), from Late Latin gamba "leg, (horse's) hock" (see gambol).

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