gavel (gav-[schwa]l).

1. Hist. A tribute, toll, or custom paid to a superior.

2. Hist. An annual payment of rent or revenue, esp. payment in kind, such as gavel-corn, gavel-malt, or oat-gavel. ¡ª Sometimes spelled gabel.

3. A mallet used by a presiding officer, often a judge, to bring a meeting or court to order.

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