Definitions

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  • adj. Pertaining to the gallows or hanging.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the gallows, or to execution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a fork-shaped gibbet; resembling a gallows.

Etymologies

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From Latin patibulum + -ary.

Examples

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  • "And then, when he had finished his supper, he would get out his collection of patibulary treasures, and over a bowl of negus finger lovingly the various bits of gallows rope, the blood-stained glove of a murdered strumpet, the piece of amber worn as a charm by a notorious brigand chief, and gloat over the stealthy steps of his pet tiger, the Law."

    Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees, p 153 of the Cold Spring Press paperback

    December 6, 2016

  • Of or pertaining to the gallows, or to execution

    From WORLD WIDE WORDS ISSUE 590 Saturday 7 June 2008

    Editor: Michael Quinion, Thornbury, Bristol, UK

    http://www.worldwidewords.org

    June 10, 2008