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prairie schooner

a type of covered wagon, similar to but smaller than the Conestoga wagon, used by pioneers in crossing the prairies and plains of North America.
Origin of prairie schooner
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A neighbor took my father with him and met us at McGregor Landing with an ox team hitched to a prairie schooner.

  • No, I permit no 'prairie schooner' to stop, even that their oxen may drink.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • A prairie schooner should have some sort of a hound following it.

    The Cruise of a Schooner Albert W. Harris
  • We camped for three weeks, living in our prairie schooner, while the men put up the wild hay.

  • The wagon had been transformed by a canvas canopy over the bed into what was popularly known as a "prairie schooner."

    Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • So now we are all starting early in the morning via a prairie schooner to Boulder.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Observing it, the humorist kindly condescended to explain that "prairie schooner" was the current slang for an emigrant wagon.

  • You see, my first plan is entirely upset by a prairie schooner, an Indian, and a horse-dealer.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • The year before my birth these two young people started West in a prairie schooner to stake a homestead claim.

  • That would need a prairie schooner—no, a prairie steamboat—a prairie yacht!

    Bransford of Rainbow Range Eugene Manlove Rhodes
British Dictionary definitions for prairie schooner

prairie schooner

(mainly US) a horse-drawn covered wagon similar to but smaller than a Conestoga wagon, used in the 19th century to cross the prairies of North America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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