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

[French dialectal gamberel, from Old North French, from gambe, leg, from Late Latin gamba, hoof; see gambol.]


1. (Zoology) the hock of a horse or similar animal
2. a frame of wood or metal shaped like a horse's hind leg, used by butchers for suspending carcasses of meat
3. (Architecture) short for gambrel roof
[C16: from Old Northern French gamberel, from gambe leg]


(ˈgæm brəl)

1. the hock of an animal, esp. of a horse.
2. Also called gam′brel stick`. a wood or metal device for suspending a slaughtered animal.
[1540–50; < Old North French gamberel, akin to French jambier legging, jambe leg]
hockshin, gambrel - The underside of the thigh is the hockshin or gambrel.
See also related terms for thigh.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gambrel - a gable roof with two slopes on each side and the lower slope being steepergambrel - a gable roof with two slopes on each side and the lower slope being steeper
gable roof, saddle roof, saddleback roof, saddleback - a double sloping roof with a ridge and gables at each end
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I turned about, and, addressing Gambrel earnestly, entreated him to "hang on to the wheel.
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Large gambrel roofs with cupolas and dormer windows allowed for improved airflow and better ventilation.
GAMBREL ROOF: A roof with two slopes on each side, the lower one steeper than the upper, which forms the ridge.
In order to be closer to family, she relocated to San Francisco, where she paid just under $2 million in 2009 for a shingled Dutch Gambrel cottage in the frequently fog-shrouded Sea Cliff neighborhood.
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The house includes original designs by architect Steven Gambrel and offers a recently expanded living room with vaulted ceilings and a double-sided fireplace.
After a couple of failed attempts I hoist the hog onto the gambrel and lower it into a landscape wagon, cover it with ice bags and head out to a meeting.
Fix a length of outside gambrel break trim at the top of the wall glazing and install the roof panels, making sure they extend at least 2 inches beyond the front wall glazing.
Dave Gambrel obtained his master's degree in electrical engineering in Seattle, and lived in Mercer Island, Washington, for eight years.