a gibbet

Boy I was so wrong about the definition of gibbet!

gib·bet [jib-it] noun, verb, gib·bet·ed,gib·bet·ing.
noun
1. a gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were formerly hung in chains and leftsuspended after execution.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Old French gibet (earlier, staff orcudgel), diminutive of gibe staff, club

Example Sentences
The gibbet has only increased his glory and made him a martyr.

The gibbet was enclosed by a rope into which nobody was admitted buttbo clergy, officers and reporters.


From the third book of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords:

Outside the inn on a weathered gibbet, a woman’s bones were twisting and rattling at every gust of wind.
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