cowcatcher

[ kou-kach-er ]
/ ˈkaʊˌkætʃ ər /
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noun

a triangular frame at the front of a locomotive, especially a steam locomotive, designed for clearing the track of obstructions.

Nearby words

  1. cowboy boots,
  2. cowboy hat,
  3. cowboy up,
  4. cowboys,
  5. cowboys and indians,
  6. cowden's disease,
  7. cowdrey,
  8. cowell,
  9. cowell, henry dixon,
  10. cower

Origin of cowcatcher

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; cow1 + catcher

Also called pilot.

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British Dictionary definitions for cowcatcher

cowcatcher

/ (ˈkaʊˌkætʃə) /

noun

US and Canadian a metal frame on the front of a locomotive to clear the track of animals or other obstructions
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