Gambrel definition

gămbrəl
A frame used by butchers for hanging carcasses by the legs.
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The hock of a horse or other animal.
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The hock of a horse or similar animal.
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The hock of a horse or other animal.
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The hind leg of a horse.
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(US, architecture) A gambrel roof.
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To truss or hang up by means of a gambrel.

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A frame shaped like a horse's hind leg, used by butchers for hanging carcasses.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gambrel
Plural:
gambrels

Origin of gambrel

  • French dialectal gamberel from Old North French from gambe leg from Late Latin gamba hoof gambol

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin uncertain, perhaps from Old Northern French gamberel, from gambe (“leg”).

    From Wiktionary