travois

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

Definition of travois

plural travois also travoises play \-ˈvȯiz, -ˌvȯiz\
: 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 and Etymology 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


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