travois

[ truh-voi ]
/ trəˈvɔɪ /

noun, plural tra·vois [truh-voiz]. /trəˈvɔɪz/.

a transport device, formerly used by the Plains Indians, consisting of two poles joined by a frame and drawn by an animal.

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Origin of travois

1840–50; Americanism;pseudo-French spelling of earlier travoy<North American French; compare Canadian French travail shaft of a cart to which the horse is hitched, French: frame in which unruly horses are held while they are shod (probably <Late Latin trepālium;see travail)
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British Dictionary definitions for travois

travois
/ (trəˈvɔɪ) /

noun plural -vois (-ˈvɔɪz)

a sled formerly used by the Plains Indians of North America, consisting of two poles joined by a frame and dragged by an animal
Canadian a similar sled used for dragging logs

Word Origin for travois

from Canadian French, from French travail trave
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