Etymology
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gambrel (n.)

"hipped roof," 1851, short for gambrel roof (1763), so called for its shape, from gambrel "horse's hind leg" (c. 1600), earlier "wooden bar to hang carcasses" (1540s), perhaps from Old North French gamberel, from gambe "leg," from Late Latin gamba (see gambol).

updated on February 09, 2015

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Definitions of gambrel from WordNet

gambrel (n.)
a gable roof with two slopes on each side and the lower slope being steeper;
Synonyms: gambrel roof
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