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buckboard

[buhk-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈbʌkˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun
1.
a light, four-wheeled carriage in which a long elastic board or lattice frame is used in place of body and springs.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; obsolete buck body, holder (see bucket) + board
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buckboard

/ˈbʌkˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) an open four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with the seat attached to a flexible board between the front and rear axles
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Word Origin and History for buckboard
n.

1839, "plank on wheels," from board (n.1) + buck "body of a cart or wagon" (1690s), perhaps representing a dialectal survival of Old English buc "belly, body, trunk"(see bucket). As a type of vehicle constructed this way, from 1874.

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Encyclopedia Article for buckboard

open, flat-bottomed, four-wheeled carriage in which a springy board fastened to the axles supplemented or served in place of actual springs. Springs, if present, were between the board and the seat and not attached to the axles.

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