Chisholm Trail


noun

a cattle trail leading N from San Antonio, Tex., to Abilene, Kan.: used for about twenty years after the Civil War.

Origin of Chisholm Trail

named after Jesse Chisholm (1806–68), American scout

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Word Origin and History for chisholm trail

Chisholm Trail

1866, from Jesse Chisholm (c.1806-1868), halfbreed Cherokee trader and government agent who first plied it. The surname is from a barony in England, probably from Old English cisel "gravel."

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