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covered wagon

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noun
  1. a large wagon with a high, bonnetlike canvas top, especially such a wagon used by pioneers to transport themselves and their possessions across the North American plains during the westward migrations in the 19th century.
  2. British Railroads. a boxcar.
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Origin of covered wagon

An Americanism dating back to 1735–45
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British Dictionary definitions for covered wagon

covered wagon

noun
  1. US and Canadian a large wagon with an arched canvas top, used formerly for prairie travel
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covered wagon in Culture

covered wagon

A typical conveyance for settlers moving west with their belongings. It was drawn by horses or oxen and equipped with a canvas cover, often supported by hoops, to keep off rain.

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