from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In early English times, usually a team of eight oxen, commonly yoked four abreast. The estimated work of such a team served as a measure of land. See
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The brown soil here, (just between winter-close and opening spring and vegetation) the rain-shower at night, and the fresh smell next morningthe red worms wriggling out of the groundthe dead leaves, the incipient grass, and the latent life underneaththe effort to start somethingalready in shelterd spots some little flowersthe distant emerald show of winter wheat and the rye-fieldsthe yet naked trees, with clear interstices, giving prospects hidden in summerthe tough fallow and the plow-team, and the stout boy whistling to his horses for encouragementand there the dark fat earth in long slanting stripes upturnd.
The cabin on this rented farm was a mere shanty, a shell of pine boards, which needed reinforcing to make it habitable, and one day my father said, "Well, Hamlin, I guess you'll have to run the plow-team this fall.