Variant of gallows
- an upright frame with a crossbeam and a rope, for hanging condemned persons
- any structure like this, used for suspending or supporting
- the death sentence by hanging
Origin: Middle English galwes, plural of galwe from Old English galga, akin to German galgen from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝhalgh-, pliant tree branch from source Lithuanian žalgà, long, thin pole: the earliest gallows was a pulled-down branch that carried the victim with it when allowed to spring up
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