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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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hockshin, gambrel - The underside of the thigh is the hockshin or gambrel.
See also related terms for thigh.
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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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