gallows tree

or gallow tree

  1. a gallows.

Origin of gallows tree

before 900; Middle English galwe tree,Old English galgtrēow, equivalent to galg(a) gallows + trēowtree

Words Nearby gallows tree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gallows tree in a sentence

  • One pictured a gallows tree; and, turning from that image, one pictured a firing squad at sunrise.

    Fibble, D. D. | Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • By order of the court his body was disinterred and decapitated under the gallows-tree.

  • And still the gallows stood on the Field of Sleep, and also a big elm tree which sometimes served as the "gallows tree."

    Greenwich Village | Anna Alice Chapin
  • The gallows-tree on the virgin soil of Australia flourished and bore fruit in abundance.

    The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
  • By the Sheriff's castle, out upon the roadway, they have built an angled gallows-tree to bear the four of them at once.

    Robin Hood | Paul Creswick

British Dictionary definitions for gallows tree

gallows tree

  1. another name for gallows (def. 1)

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