whiffletree

whiffletree

[hwif-uhl-tree, wif-]
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.
Compare doubletree.


Origin:
1820–30; variant of whippletree

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whiffletree (ˈwɪfəlˌtriː)
 
n
another name (esp US) for swingletree
 
[C19: variant of whippletree]

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