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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gabel \Ga"bel\, n. [F. gabelle, LL. gabella, gabulum, gablum; of uncertain origin. Cf.Gavel tribute.] (O. Eng. Law) A rent, service, tribute, custom, tax, impost, or duty; an excise. --Burrill. [1913 Webster] He enables St. Peter to pay his gabel by the ministry of a fish. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]