cowcatcher

[ kou-kach-er ]
/ ˈkaʊˌkætʃ ər /

noun

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

Origin of cowcatcher

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; cow1 + catcher
Also called pilot.
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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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