travois


tra·vois

noun \trə-ˈvi, ˈtra-ˌvi\
plural tra·vois also tra·voises \-ˈviz, -ˌviz\

Definition of TRAVOIS

:  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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