whiffletree

noun
whif·​fle·​tree | \ ˈ(h)wi-fəl-(ˌ)trē How to pronounce whiffletree (audio) \

Definition of whiffletree

: the pivoted swinging bar to which the traces of a harness are fastened and by which a vehicle or implement is drawn

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First Known Use of whiffletree

circa 1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whiffletree

alteration of whippletree

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The first known use of whiffletree was circa 1806

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“Whiffletree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiffletree. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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