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From Old Dutch *galga, from Proto-Germanic *galgô, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰalgʰ-, *ǵʰalg- (“long switch, rod, shaft, pole, perch”). Compare German Galgen, West Frisian galge, English gallows, Danish galge.
- gallows, wooden framework on which persons are put to death by hanging
- (metonymically) the death sentence