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gallows tree

or gallow tree

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noun
  1. a gallows.
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Origin of gallows tree

before 900; Middle English galwe tree, Old English galgtrēow, equivalent to galg(a) gallows + trēow tree
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Examples from the Web for gallows tree

Historical Examples

  • Personally, I could eat under any tree—under a gallows-tree.

    The White Mice

    Richard Harding Davis

  • Coward and rebel as you are, the gallows-tree is far too good for you.

    The Day of Wrath

    Maurus Jkai

  • Underneath is the usual picture of the gallows-tree and its fruit.

  • To some among the country folk it suggested the beam of the gallows-tree.

    Toronto of Old

    Henry Scadding

  • When cut down, the body was interred, like that of a felon, at the foot of the gallows-tree.


British Dictionary definitions for gallows tree

gallows tree

gallow tree

noun
  1. another name for gallows (def. 1)
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