American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A group of animals, prisoners, or slaves chained together in a line.
- v. To fasten together in a coffle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A train or gang of slaves transported or marched for sale.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A gang of negro slaves being driven to market.
- From Arabic قافلة (qāfila, "caravan"). (Wiktionary)
- Arabic qāfila, caravan, feminine active participle of qafala, to close, return; see qpl in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Some of the people, who had crossed the river with us, had informed the people of Mareena of the treatment we had experienced in passing from Maniakorro to the Ba Woolima, which district is called Kissi; and withal had told the people that our coffle was a”
“The last prisoner in the coffle was the tailor, a gray-haired, elderly man with a wrinkled face.”
“Some of the people, who had crossed the river with us, had informed the people of Mareena of the treatment we had experienced in passing from Maniakorro to the Ba Woolima, which district is called Kissi; and withal had told the people that our coffle was a Dummulafong, a thing sent to be eaten, or in English _fair game_ for every body.”
“I came especially to honor a legendary 4-Greats grandmother, Mrs. Mary Poole, who lived to be 125 years old, and walked in a slave coffle from Virginia to Georgia, carrying two children.”
“Mine fastened me in a coffle with other beings: a Sphinx of that city that had committed murder, two Djinni, and a snake-headed woman.”
“I stopped her before she got to her favoritea coffle of asses.”
“Depredations upon the coffle by the inhabitants — Continued attacks from banditti as far as the Ba Woolima river — Difficulties in passing it — temporary bridge made by the natives. —”
“Bondou people, there being at this time a hot war between two brothers about the succession: and as the report had spread that a coffle of white men were going to the interior, every person immediately concluded that we were loaded with the richest merchandize to purchase slaves; and that whichever of the parties should gain possession of our wealth, he would likewise gain the ascendency over his opponent.”
“We reached Dindikoo at noon; at which time it came on a tornado so rapidly, that we were forced to carry our bundles into the huts of the natives; this being the first time the coffle had entered a town since leaving”
“As soon as the front of the coffle had reached Ganifarra, it came on a very heavy rain.”
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