- a noosed rope with which to hobble an animal, especially a horse or cow.
- to fetter with or as with a spancel.
Origin of spancel
1600–10; < Low German spansel, derivative of spannen to stretch; see span2
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Examples from the Web for spancel
As my horse was straying toward the west side of the clearing I went to fetch him back and spancel him near the fort.
My wrist-cords were loosed, my ankles were fastened only with a spancel, and strong hands jerked me to my feet.
I ordered my servant to spancel the mules, and tether the horse to a shrub by a long rope.
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.English As We Speak It in Ireland
P. W. Joyce
- a length of rope for hobbling an animal, esp a horse or cow
- (tr) to hobble (an animal) with a loose rope
C17: from Low German spansel, from spannen to stretch; see span ²