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conestoga wagon Explained

Conestoga wagon at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Horse-drawn covered freight wagon. It originated in the 18th cent. in the Conestoga Creek region of Pennsylvania. It had a flat body and low sides; with its floor curved up at each end to prevent freight from shifting, it was well suited for travel over early Amer. roads. It became famous as later adapted by westward-traveling pioneers for hauling their possessions; with its tall white canvas top, it resembled a sailing ship from a distance, which earned it the name "prairie schooner."

Conestoga wagon at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Conestoga wagon \Con`es*to"ga wag`on\ or wain \wain\ [From
Conestoga, Pennsylvania.]
A kind of large broad-wheeled wagon, usually covered, for
traveling in soft soil and on prairies.

Conestoga wagon at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

Conestoga wagon
n : a large wagon with broad wheels and an arched canvas top;
used by the United States pioneers to cross the prairies
in the 19th century [syn: {covered wagon}, {Conestoga}, {prairie
wagon}, {prairie schooner}]

Conestoga wagon at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==
Inter: wikipedi » a

Etymology

Perhaps introduced by settlers from the Conestoga Valley of Pennsylvania in about 1725.

Noun

Inter: en-nou » n
  • A large cart with a canvas cover drawn by mules, oxen or horses and used extensively during the Westward Expansion of the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    1. 1860, Author, Annals of Luzerne County: A Record of Interesting Events, Traditions, and Anecdotes, J.B. Lippincott & Co., page 344,
    2. : During the summer and fall the covered broad-wheeled Conestoga wagons, moved by four or six splendid draught-horses, were constantly employed in transporting the productions of the county to market.

      Related terms

      * prairie schooner


    Translation: et » Conestoga wagon