from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.


From Latin patibulum + -ary. (Wiktionary)



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  • 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

    June 10, 2008