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.
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         He enables St. Peter to pay his gabel by the ministry
         of a fish.                               --Jer. Taylor.
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