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 Gabel’, Gabelle (g hard).Ga’briel (g hard), 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Gaberlunzie,
 
or A gaberlunzie man (g hard). A mendicant; or, more strictly speaking, one of the king’s bedesmen, who were licensed beggars. The word gaban is French for “a cloak with tight sleeves and a hood.” Lunzie is a diminutive of laine (wool); so that gaberlunzie means “coarse woollen gown.” These bedesmen were also called bluegowns (q.v.), from the colour of their cloaks. (See above, GABARDINE.)   1
 


 Gabel’, Gabelle (g hard).Ga’briel (g hard), 

 
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