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Covered wagon   /kˈəvərd wˈægən/   Listen
Covered wagon

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.  Synonyms: Conestoga, Conestoga wagon, prairie schooner, prairie wagon.

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"Covered wagon" Quotes from Famous Books

... curious instances of the change in country manners. He makes an old man say that when he was a boy, a farmer's wife used to be content with a jaunt in a cart once or twice a year, the farmer not taking out the covered wagon (the more luxurious vehicle) at all unless he pleased. The farmer used to shave only once a week, etc.—M. Ter. Varronis Reliquiae, ed. Alexander ...
— Caesar: A Sketch • James Anthony Froude

... A covered wagon drove into the courtyard bearing the inscription, "Lerat, Confectioner, Fecamp; Wedding Breakfasts," and from the back of the wagon Ludivine and a kitchen helper were taking out large flat baskets which emitted an ...
— Une Vie, A Piece of String and Other Stories • Guy de Maupassant

... woods, and wondered how it would be with travellers lost in their depths. He was not sorry when they reached the meeting-house—a black old pile of planks, propped upon logs, with a long shelter-roof for horses down the side of the graveyard. A couple of sleighs, a rough-covered wagon, called a "dearbourn," and several saddled horses, were tied beneath the roof. Two very aged negroes were seen coming up one of the cross-roads, and the shining, surging Chesapeake, bearing a few pale sails, ...
— Tales of the Chesapeake • George Alfred Townsend

... not come from up the road as they had advertised they would. That declaration on their part had been a trick and device, cockered up in the hope of taking the foe by surprise and from the rear. In a canvas-covered wagon—moving wagons, we used to call them in Red Gravel County—they left their house half an hour or so before the time set by them for the meeting, and they cut through by a wood lane which met the pike south of Foster's store; and then very slowly they rode up the pike toward the ...
— Sundry Accounts • Irvin S. Cobb

Words linked to "Covered wagon" :   train, wagon, prairie wagon, prairie schooner, Conestoga wagon, waggon, Conestoga, caravan, wagon train

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