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spancel

[ span-suhl ]

noun

  1. a noosed rope with which to hobble an animal, especially a horse or cow.


verb (used with object)

, span·celed, span·cel·ing or (especially British) span·celled, span·cel·ling.
  1. to fetter with or as with a spancel.

spancel

/ ˈspænsəl /

noun

  1. a length of rope for hobbling an animal, esp a horse or cow


verb

  1. tr to hobble (an animal) with a loose rope

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Word History and Origins

Origin of spancel1

1600–10; < Low German spansel, derivative of spannen to stretch; span 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of spancel1

C17: from Low German spansel, from spannen to stretch; see span ²

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Example Sentences

My wrist-cords were loosed, my ankles were fastened only with a spancel, and strong hands jerked me to my feet.

Langel; to tie the fore and the hind leg of a cow or goat with a spancel or fetter to prevent it going over fences.

I ordered my servant to spancel the mules, and tether the horse to a shrub by a long rope.

As my horse was straying toward the west side of the clearing I went to fetch him back and spancel him near the fort.

I asked, seizing the rope which was composed of leather belts and spancel-ropes.

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