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prairie schooner

noun
1.
a type of covered wagon, similar to but smaller than the Conestoga wagon, used by pioneers in crossing the prairies and plains of North America.
Origin of prairie schooner
1835-1845
1835-45
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  • A neighbor took my father with him and met us at McGregor Landing with an ox team hitched to a prairie schooner.

  • No, I permit no 'prairie schooner' to stop, even that their oxen may drink.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • A prairie schooner should have some sort of a hound following it.

    The Cruise of a Schooner Albert W. Harris
  • We camped for three weeks, living in our prairie schooner, while the men put up the wild hay.

  • The wagon had been transformed by a canvas canopy over the bed into what was popularly known as a "prairie schooner."

    Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • That would need a prairie schooner—no, a prairie steamboat—a prairie yacht!

    Bransford of Rainbow Range Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • Observing it, the humorist kindly condescended to explain that "prairie schooner" was the current slang for an emigrant wagon.

  • So now we are all starting early in the morning via a prairie schooner to Boulder.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • The year before my birth these two young people started West in a prairie schooner to stake a homestead claim.

  • You see, my first plan is entirely upset by a prairie schooner, an Indian, and a horse-dealer.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for prairie schooner

prairie schooner

noun
1.
(mainly US) a horse-drawn covered wagon similar to but smaller than a Conestoga wagon, used in the 19th century to cross the prairies of North America
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