from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A frame slung between trailing poles and pulled by a dog or horse, formerly used by Plains Indians as a conveyance for goods and belongings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A traditional North American Indian sled-like vehicle, pulled by person, dog, or horse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A primitive vehicle, common among the North American Indians, usually two trailing poles serving as shafts and bearing a platform or net for a load.
- n. A logging sled.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See dray, 3.
- n. Same as travail.
In smooth country, and when the sick or wounded person is not too badly off, the Indian and trapper "travois" or horse litter may be employed.
"travois," and the great pony herds, to the fastnesses of the Big Horn; and now comes the opportunity for which an old Indian-fighter has been anxiously waiting.
I drag it out with my drag rope or if it's too big I find a couple stong sticks and make a travois.
On the horizon, mountain ranges, constantly in sight, were the place for the plains tribes to cut poles for travois and lodge, and to find the best wood for bows.
Indians used the younger, slenderest trees as tipi and travois poles.
He needs a medical cart or travois capable of transporting the injured.
He didn't have his rifle, but he had plenty of dried fish for the dogs and enough meat laid in for the winter, and he didn't need to hunt now, especially since he didn't relish the idea of dragging a travois loaded with game behind him.
The only way he could transport him safely was on the travois he had back at the cabin.
By the time he made it back to the wreck with the travois bouncing along behind him, Eli was unconscious.
When they started off, the travois hit a bump, and she heard Eli moan.