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Gar*rote" (?), n. [Sp. garrote, from garra claw, talon, of Celtic origin; cf. Armor. & W. gar leg, ham, shank. Cf. Garrot stick, Garter.]

A Spanish mode of execution by strangulation, with an iron collar affixed to a post and tightened by a screw until life become extinct; also, the instrument by means of which the punishment is inflicted.


© Webster 1913.

Gar*rote", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Garroted; p. pr. & vb. n. Garroting.]

To strangle with the garrote; hence, to seize by the throat, from behind, with a view to strangle and rob.


© Webster 1913.