whiffletree

[ hwif-uh l-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.

Nearby words

  1. whidbey island,
  2. whiff,
  3. whiffet,
  4. whiffle,
  5. whiffler,
  6. whiffy,
  7. whig,
  8. whig party,
  9. whiggery,
  10. whiggish

Compare doubletree.

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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