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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