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spancel

[ span-suhl ]
/ ˈspæn səl /
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noun

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.

to fetter with or as with a spancel.

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Origin of spancel

1600–10; <Low German spansel, derivative of spannen to stretch; see span2
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British Dictionary definitions for spancel

spancel
/ (ˈspænsəl) /

noun

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

verb -cels, -celling or -celled or US -cels, -celing or -celed

(tr) to hobble (an animal) with a loose rope
C17: from Low German spansel, from spannen to stretch; see span ²
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