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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gambrel \Gam"brel\, n. [OF. gambe, jambe leg, F. jambe. Cf. Cambrel, Chambrel, and see Gambol. n.] 1. The hind leg of a horse. [1913 Webster] 2. A stick crooked like a horse's hind leg; -- used by butchers in suspending slaughtered animals. [1913 Webster] Gambrel roof (Arch.), a curb roof having the same section in all parts, with a lower steeper slope and an upper and flatter one, so that each gable is pentagonal in form. [1913 Webster]