travois


travois

travois [truh-voi] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural tra·vois [truh-voiz] /trəˈvɔɪz/.

  1. a transport device, formerly used by the Plains Indians, consisting of two poles joined by a frame and drawn by an animal.

Origin of travois 1840–50; Americanism; pseudo-French spelling of earlier travoy North American French; compare Canadian French travail shaft of a cart to which the horse is hitched, French: frame in which unruly horses are held while they are shod (probably Late Latin trepālium; see travail) Examples from the Web for travois Historical Examples of travois

  • Figs. 204 and 205 show the famous Indian mode of packing by travois.

    The Book of Camp-Lore and Woodcraft

    Dan Beard

  • “There are no travois, only mounted men, no women,” St. Antoine remarked.

    South from Hudson Bay

    E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill

  • A dog could draw more on a travois, or pole-frame, than he could carry on his back.

    The Way to the West

    Emerson Hough

  • Whenever the camp moved the stone and travois were taken along.

    Myths and Legends of the Sioux

    Marie L. McLaughlin

  • At this point Blake joined Helen and Bill, and as he did so he espied the travois.

    The Orphan

    Clarence E. Mulford

  • British Dictionary definitions for travois travois noun plural -vois (-ˈvɔɪz)

    1. a sled formerly used by the Plains Indians of North America, consisting of two poles joined by a frame and dragged by an animal
    2. Canadian a similar sled used for dragging logs

    Word Origin for travois from Canadian French, from French travail trave Word Origin and History for travois n.

    1847, said to be ultimately from a Canadian Indian pronunciation of travail.

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