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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See whiffletree.

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  • n. a whippletree

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A whiffletree, or whippletree. See singletree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cross-bar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces are fastened in a cart, carriage, plow, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a crossbar that is attached to the traces of a draft horse and to the vehicle or implement that the horse is pulling

Etymologies

From English swingle, wooden instrument used for beating flax, from Middle English, from Middle Dutch swinghel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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