gallows c.1300, plural of Middle English galwe "gallows" (mid-13c.), from O.N. galgi "gallows," or from O.E. galga (Mercian), gealga (W. Saxon) "gallows;" all from P.Gmc. *galgon- "pole" (Cf. O.Fris. galga, M.H.G. galge "gallows, cross," Ger. Galgen "gallows," Goth. galga "cross"), from PIE *ghalgh- "branch, rod" (Cf. Lith. zalga "pole, perch," Armenian dzalk "pole"). In Old English, also used of the cross of the crucifixion. Plural because made of two poles.

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