Southern African the main haulage shaft of a wagon or cart

Word Origin for disselboom

from Afrikaans dissel shaft + boom beam
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Examples from the Web for disselboom

Historical Examples of disselboom

  • The oxen are not yet made fast to the disselboom for the night, and one of my natives is away to collect them.

    The Induna's Wife

    Bertram Mitford

  • You can hardly take up a paper anywhere without seeing a paragraph headed ‘The Disselboom again.’

  • “Now I am ready,” he said, rising and strolling over to the waggon, where he seated himself on the disselboom.

  • Slipping quickly over the driver's seat, he dropped between the two "wheelers" to the disselboom, or tongue, of the trek wagon.

    Real Soldiers of Fortune

    Richard Harding Davis

  • Then we all went, leaving Henri Marais still cutting up his tobacco on the disselboom.


    H. Rider Haggard