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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. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Then I reckon that's the rig-out for the crew of a prairie schooner, eh?

  • Every prairie schooner that goes that way is like a sail of the ‘Mayflower.’

    ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands; Hezekiah Butterworth
  • A prairie schooner should have some sort of a hound following it.

    The Cruise of a Schooner Albert W. Harris
  • No, I permit no 'prairie schooner' to stop, even that their oxen may drink.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • A neighbor took my father with him and met us at McGregor Landing with an ox team hitched to a prairie schooner.

  • We camped for three weeks, living in our prairie schooner, while the men put up the wild hay.

  • A prairie schooner is a long deep wagon bed with flaring sides, about eight feet high and twenty feet long.

  • So now we are all starting early in the morning via a prairie schooner to Boulder.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • 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
  • They had met emigrants on the Ohio, and had seen the white sail of the prairie schooner in all of the forest ways.

    In The Boyhood of Lincoln Hezekiah Butterworth
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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