Definition of travois in English:

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Pronunciation: /trəˈvɔɪ/

noun (plural same /trəˈvɔɪz/)

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A type of sledge formerly used by North American Indians to carry goods, consisting of two joined poles pulled by a horse.
Example sentences
  • Domesticated dogs carried Blackfoot belongings by pulling a loaded travois consisting of two long poles attached to the dog's sides.
  • When he wanted to travel, he called for his braves, and they would carry him upon a travois, an A-shaped frame made of long poles and a deerskin platform.
  • As the Northern village followed down the White River in the wake of the Red Cloud column, this group traveled at the very rear of the procession, a buckskin horse hauling on a travois the bundle that contained the body of Crazy Horse.


Mid 19th century: alteration of synonymous travail, from French.

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