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whiffletree

[hwif-uh l-tree, wif-] /ˈʰwɪf əlˌtri, ˈwɪf-/
noun, Northern U.S.
1.
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
1820-1830
1820-30; variant of whippletree
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whiffletree

/ˈwɪfəlˌtriː/
noun
1.
another name (esp US) for swingletree
Word Origin
C19: variant of whippletree
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