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  • n. An open car or chariot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An open car or chariot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wheel-carriage.


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  • Lady Salisbury dreaded that Grisell should lie awake all night crying, so she said nothing till her whirlicote, as the carriage of those days was called, was actually being prepared, and then she went to the chamber where the poor child had spent five months, and where she was now sitting dressed, but propped up on a sort of settle, and with half her face still bandaged.

    Grisly Grisell

  • She travelled in a whirlicote, and there were others provided for her elder ladies, the rest riding singly or on pillions according to age or taste.

    Grisly Grisell

  • King Charles, riding on a handsome bay horse, closely followed by a conveyance such as was called in England a whirlicote, from which the Queen was handed out by her brother.

    Two Penniless Princesses

  • The whirlicote was not much better than an ornamental waggon, and

    Grisly Grisell

  • There was an outer court, within an arched gate kept by a stout porter, and thus far came the whirlicote and the

    Grisly Grisell

  • The only member of the party at all equal to her in beauty was the Duchess of York, who travelled in a whirlicote with her younger children and her ladies, and at the halting-places never relaxed the stiff dignity with which she treated every one.

    Two Penniless Princesses


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  • Lispers will either love or hate the closed/clothed rhyme in that limerick.

    May 29, 2016

  • Wow, what a fun word.

    May 29, 2016

  • Since a cart may be open or closed

    Appropriate dress is supposed.

    If you take a whirlicote

    In Winter a burly coat

    Is worn by the rider well-clothed.

    May 28, 2016

  • A coach, carriage. Also whirlecole.

    August 22, 2008