gambrel

[ gam-bruh l ]
/ ˈgæm brəl /

noun

the hock of an animal, especially of a horse.
Also called gambrel stick. a wood or metal device for suspending a slaughtered animal.

Origin of gambrel

1540–50; < Old North French gamberel, akin to French jambier legging, jambe leg
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gambrel

/ (ˈɡæmbrəl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for gambrel

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

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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