gambrel roof

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.
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   2. A stick crooked like a horse's hind leg; -- used by
      butchers in suspending slaughtered animals.
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   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.
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