Definition of cowcatcher in English:

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cowcatcher

Pronunciation: /ˈkouˌkaCHər/
Pronunciation: /ˈkouˌkeCHər/

noun

North American
A metal frame at the front of a locomotive for pushing aside cattle or other obstacles on the line.
Example sentences
  • As a fan of cowcatchers and clacking wheels, Elrond Lawrence tracked Salinas Valley rails into the early 20th century.
  • The equipment was mounted on the lower part of the engine's front, right where a cowcatcher would be mounted on a steam locomotive.
  • Finally, it can triple as a cowcatcher, much like the ones featured on throbbing steam engines.

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Syllabification: cow·catch·er

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