noun, plural travois [truh-voiz] .
a transport device, formerly used by the Plains Indians, consisting of two poles joined by a frame and drawn by an animal.

1840–50; Americanism; pseudo-French spelling of earlier travoy < North American French; compare Canadian French travail shaft of a cart to which the horse is hitched, French: frame in which unruly horses are held while they are shod (probably < Late Latin trepālium; see travail) Unabridged
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travois (trəˈvɔɪ)
n , pl -vois
1.  a sled formerly used by the Plains Indians of North America, consisting of two poles joined by a frame and dragged by an animal
2.  (Canadian) a similar sled used for dragging logs
[from Canadian French, from French travailtrave]

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Example sentences
Sometimes they would make a small travois by lashing lightweight poles or
  branches together and strapping them to a dog.
They were trained to carry a heavy back-pack or drag a travois of wooden poles.
The dog travois was introduced during this period as well as the bow and arrow.
They used dogs to transport gear with a travois, two poles lashed together for
  carrying household goods.
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