Conestoga

Conestoga wagon

[kon-uh-stoh-guh, kon-]
noun
a large, heavy, broad-wheeled covered wagon, used especially for transporting pioneers and freight across North America during the early westward migration.
Also called Conestoga.


Origin:
1690–1700; named after Conestoga, Pa., where it was first made

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Conestoga wagon (ˌkɒnɪˈstəʊɡə)
 
n
(US), (Canadian) a large heavy horse-drawn covered wagon used in the 19th century
 
[C19: after Conestoga, Pennsylvania, where it was first made]

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Conestoga
1699, name of an Indian tribe in southcentral Pennsylvania, probably from some Iroquoian language and sometimes said to mean "people of the cabin pole;" later a place in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where a characteristic type of covered wagon was built. Conestoga wagon is from 1750 (about three
years before the last of the Conestoga Indians were massacred), but it was already an established term as the first reference is to the name of a Philadelphia tavern. Also a breed of horses (1824) and a type of boot and cigar (see stogie).
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