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[hwip-uh l-tree, wip-] /ˈʰwɪp əlˌtri, ˈwɪp-/
noun, Northern U.S.
Origin of whippletree
1725-35; whipple (see whip, -le) + tree Unabridged
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  • The whippletree, dangling from the end over the beaten circular track, seemed cracked with heat and age.

    Foes in Ambush Charles King
  • Twelve “Swingle trees” (whippletree, whiffletree, singletree) are listed in the inventory.

  • After three quarters of an hour or so I was suddenly startled alert by hearing the squeak-squeak of a whippletree out on the lawn.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for whippletree


another name for swingletree
Word Origin
C18: apparently from whip
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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