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A device used for hanging a person until dead; a gallows.
another name for gallows1
gal•lows(ˈgæl oʊz, -əz)
n., pl. -lows, -lows•es.
1. a wooden frame consisting of two upright timbers with a crossbeam from which condemned persons are hanged.
2. a similar structure from which something is suspended.
3. execution by hanging: a criminal sentenced to the gallows.
[before 900; Old English g(e)algan; c. OHG galgo]