travois

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a horse-drawn travois
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From Canadian French, from an alteration of travail (etymology 2), from Medieval Latin trepalium (instrument of torture), probably a calque from Ancient Greek. See πάσσαλος (pássalos, peg).

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travois (plural travoises or travois)

  1. A traditional North American Indian sled-like vehicle, pulled by person, dog, or horse.
    • 1994, Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing
      Riding out for wood he watched his shadow and the shadow of the horse and travois cross those palings tree by tree.

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