Definitions

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  • n. a simple four-wheeled Russian cart without springs

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rude four-wheeled, springless wagon, used among the Russians.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cart or sort of box, about six feet long, unprovided with springs, and set upon the wheels: a Russian vehicle.

Etymologies

From mid-16th century Russian телега (teléga), probably from Khazar. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Do you think of the miles he has traveled, in a _telega_, over snow-covered steppes, and the smoking

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 1, July, 1862

  • He seated himself in his telega, in which lay two trunks, one containing his pistols, the other his effects.

    The Shot

  • On the third day the servant managed to hire a telega from a superior farmer and they started immediately, the heavy luggage having been consigned to a merchant vessel at Yakutsk.

    Rezánov

  • Rezánov, in a fever which he attributed to rage, dismissed the telega at a village and awaited the coming of Jón, who followed on horseback with the personal luggage.

    Rezánov

  • They were twelve hours covering the thirty versts, and at Katschuk Rezánov succumbed for two days, while Jón scoured the country in search of a telega; as sometimes happened there was a long stretch of country without snow, and sledges, by far the most comfortable method of travel in Siberia, could not be used.

    Rezánov

  • Curiously primitive, the telega is four-wheeled, with two planks thrown crudely across the axle-trees.

    The Secret of the Night

  • I declared to him that his clothes would be given to him immediately, that a telega should be harnessed for him, and taking from my drawer a twenty-rouble bank-note, I laid it on table.

    Desperate

  • To my interrogative glance, he answered that a lady was asking for me -- young, poorly-dressed -- and that she had come in a peasant's telega with one horse, and had driven herself.

    Desperate

  • 'Order my clothing to be returned to me, let them take me in a telega as far as the high-road, and give me a trifle of money.'

    Desperate

  • The telega in which we were seated -- a four-wheeled skeleton cart -- did not submit to the ill-treatment so silently.

    Russia

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  • four-wheeled springless wagon

    December 11, 2008