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travois

play
noun tra·vois \trə-ˈvȯi, ˈtra-ˌvȯi\

Definition of travois

plural travois also travoises play \-ˈvȯiz, -ˌvȯiz\

  1. :  a simple vehicle used by Plains Indians consisting of two trailing poles serving as shafts and bearing a platform or net for the load



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Origin of travois

American French travail, from Canadian French, shaft of a cart, from Middle French traveil catafalque, prop, from Late Latin trepalium instrument of torture — more at travail


First Known Use: 1847


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