One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the felon had been hanged on the gallows’
archaic gallow-tree, Gregorian tree, derrick, three-legged mare, nubbing cheat, nub
archaic, informal leafless tree, triple tree, Tyburn tree
2the gallows‘they were condemned to the gallows’
hanging, being hanged, the noose, the rope, the gibbet, the scaffold
the death penalty, execution, being executed
informal the drop, being strung up
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