Whippletree Whip"ple*tree`, n. [See {Whip}, and cf. {Whiffletree}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The pivoted or swinging bar to which the traces, or tugs, of a harness are fastened, and by which a carriage, a plow, or other implement or vehicle, is drawn; a whiffletree; a swingletree; a singletree. See {Singletree}. [1913 Webster]

[People] cut their own whippletree in the woodlot. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) The cornel tree. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • whippletree — /hwip euhl tree , wip /, n. Northern U.S. whiffletree. [1725 35; whipple (see WHIP, LE) + TREE] * * * …   Universalium

  • whippletree — noun a wooden crossbar for a plough or carriage, pivoted in the middle, from which traces are fastened to a draught animal Syn: splinter bar, swingletree, whiffletree …   Wiktionary

  • Whippletree — See Swingletree …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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