Definition of pelham in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛləm/


A horse’s bit which combines the action of a curb bit and a snaffle.
Example sentences
  • The Pelham bit seeks to combine the actions of both the curb bit (leverage) and snaffle or bridoon bit (non-leverage), without the need for using two bits, as in the double bridle.
  • Generally considered to be the mildest mouthpiece of all of the pelhams it offers very even pressure across the tongue allowing some room with the gentle forward curvature and is also very kind over the bars.


Mid 19th century: from the surname Pelham.

Words that rhyme with pelham

antebellum, cerebellum, elm, helm, overwhelm, realm, underwhelm, vellum

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