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swingletree

[swing-guh l-tree] /ˈswɪŋ gəlˌtri/
noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
a whiffletree.
Also called swiveltree.
Origin of swingletree
late Middle English
1425-1475
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at swingle1, tree
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swingletree

/ˈswɪŋɡəlˌtriː/
noun
1.
a crossbar in a horse's harness to which the ends of the traces are attached Also called whippletree, (esp US) whiffletree
Word Origin
C15: from swingle + tree (in the sense: a post or bar)
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