travois [truh-voi] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural tra·vois [truh-voiz] /trəˈvɔɪz/.
- 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) Examples from the Web for travois Historical Examples of travois
Figs. 204 and 205 show the famous Indian mode of packing by travois.
“There are no travois, only mounted men, no women,” St. Antoine remarked.
E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
A dog could draw more on a travois, or pole-frame, than he could carry on his back.
Whenever the camp moved the stone and travois were taken along.
Marie L. McLaughlin
At this point Blake joined Helen and Bill, and as he did so he espied the travois.
Clarence E. Mulford
British Dictionary definitions for travois travois noun plural -vois (-ˈvɔɪz)
- a sled formerly used by the Plains Indians of North America, consisting of two poles joined by a frame and dragged by an animal
- 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.