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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The hock of a horse or other animal.
  • n. A frame used by butchers for hanging carcasses by the legs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bar, usually metal, with a central loop and a hook at each end, used to hang a carcass for butchering.
  • n. A gambrel roof.
  • v. To truss or hang up by means of a gambrel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hind leg of a horse.
  • n. A stick crooked like a horse's hind leg; -- used by butchers in suspending slaughtered animals.
  • transitive v. To truss or hang up by means of a gambrel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hang up by means of a gambrel thrust through the legs.
  • To form with a curb or crook: as, a gambreled roof.
  • n. The hock of a horse or other animal.
  • n. A stick crooked like a horse's hind leg, used by butchers for suspending a carcass while dressing it.
  • n. A gambrel-roof.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a gable roof with two slopes on each side and the lower slope being steeper

Etymologies

French dialectal gamberel, from Old North French, from gambe, leg, from Late Latin gamba, hoof; see gambol.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain, perhaps from Old French *gamberel. (Wiktionary)

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