whiffletree

noun

whif·​fle·​tree ˈ(h)wi-fəl-(ˌ)trē How to pronounce whiffletree (audio)
: the pivoted swinging bar to which the traces of a harness are fastened and by which a vehicle or implement is drawn

Illustration of whiffletree

Illustration of whiffletree
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Word History

Etymology

alteration of whippletree

First Known Use

circa 1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whiffletree was circa 1806

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Cite this Entry

“Whiffletree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiffletree. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

whiffletree

noun
whif·​fle·​tree ˈhwif-əl-(ˌ)trē How to pronounce whiffletree (audio)
ˈwif-
: the swinging bar that connects an animal harness to a vehicle (as a cart) or a plow

called also whippletree

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