from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tax, especially the salt tax imposed in France before 1790.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tax; especially, the tax on salt levied in pre-Revolutionary France.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tax, especially on salt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See gabel.
Middle English gabel, from Old French, from Old Italian gabella, from Arabic qabāla, tribute, from qabila, to receive; see qbl in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French gabelle. (Wiktionary)