gallows tree

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gallows tree

A device used for hanging a person until dead; a gallows.

gallows tree


gallow tree

another name for gallows1


(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]
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Noun1.gallows tree - alternative terms for gallowsgallows tree - alternative terms for gallows  
gallows - an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging
References in classic literature ?
There stands a tinker," quoth Robin, "that would fain take me to Nottingham, there to hang upon the gallows tree.
There was all that is not understood, about the dark laughter of that people, in the delight with which, even when marching with the English to the defense of England, they shouted at the top of their voices, 'High upon the gallows tree stood the noble-hearted three .
There was drama in the open air from the High Gallows Tree and the slow creep of Continental Drift.