[hwif-uh l-tree, wif-]
noun Northern U.S.
  1. a crossbar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces of a harness are fastened for pulling a cart, carriage, plow, etc.
Compare doubletree.

Origin of whiffletree

First recorded in 1820–30; variant of whippletree
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  1. another name (esp US) for swingletree

Word Origin for whiffletree

C19: variant of whippletree
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