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swingletree

[swing-guh l-tree]
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noun Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. a whiffletree.

Origin of swingletree

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at swingle1, tree
Also called swiveltree.
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Examples from the Web for swingletree

Historical Examples

  • The cow is attached to each shaft and a small single-tree, or swingletree, by means of a broad strap harness.

    Nye and Riley's Wit and Humor (Poems and Yarns)

    Bill Nye

  • The swingletree gear next to it probably was left there during the construction.


British Dictionary definitions for swingletree

swingletree

noun
  1. a crossbar in a horse's harness to which the ends of the traces are attachedAlso called: whippletree, (esp US) whiffletree

Word Origin

C15: from swingle + tree (in the sense: a post or bar)
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