buikplank, noun

buikplanke /ˈbœikplaŋkə/.
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch buik belly + plank board.
historical, Wagon-making
The bottom boards of a wagon.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 149At the end of the month my waggon was finished and sent home...The planks of the bottom (buik plank) were two inches thick.
1857 C.J. Andersson Lake Ngami 27 (Pettman)The enraged brute struck his powerful horn into the buik plank (the bottom boards) with such force as to push the wagon several paces forward.
1868 W.R. Thomson Poems, Essays & Sketches 184He can cook his supper under the buikplank, serve it up to his wife and children on the voorkist, and then turn the family in to roost securely and comfortably for the night in the wide space between that and the achterkist.
1907 T.R. Sim Forests & Forest Flora 68A loop of Onderstel means wood sufficient and of the description required to complete a wagon, minus the bed, or ‘buikplank’, or rails.
1919 J.Y. Gibson in S. Afr. Jrnl of Science July 6Burchell described his wagon with some minuteness, and his description is available to students of history. Its general scheme was divided thus:..IV., the Boven Stel: (1) Buik-plank, or floor.
1974 A.A. Telford in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. X. 568To achieve the elasticity necessary in a vehicle traversing rough and trackless country, the wagon consisted of three main parts, loosely held together to allow play between them: the chassis, the bottom boards (buikplanke), and the body.
The bottom boards of a wagon.
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