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whiffletree

[ hwif-uhl-tree, wif- ]
/ ˈʰwɪf əlˌtri, ˈwɪf- /
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noun Northern U.S.
a crossbar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces of a harness are fastened for pulling a cart, carriage, plow, etc.
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Origin of whiffletree

First recorded in 1820–30; variant of whippletree

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British Dictionary definitions for whiffletree

whiffletree
/ (ˈwɪfəlˌtriː) /

noun
another name (esp US) for swingletree

Word Origin for whiffletree

C19: variant of whippletree
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