disselboom, noun

desselboom, diselboomShow more Formerly also desselboom, diselboom, dusselboom, düsselboom, thisthelboon, thistleboom, tisselboom.
DutchShow more Dutch, dissel shaft, pole + boom beam.
The pole or single shaft of an ox-wagon or horse-drawn cart. Also figurative.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 150The pole (disselboom) is ten feet long, having at the end a strong iron staple.
1839 W.C. Harris Wild Sports 354They drew up their fifty waggons in a compact circle, closing the apertures between and beneath them with thorn-bushes, which they firmly lashed with leathern thongs to the wheels and dissel-booms. [Note] Waggon-poles.
1850 J.E. Methley New Col. of Port Natal 22A span of twelve or fourteen oxen..attached by yokes fastened on the neck to a long chain..which is made fast to the dissel-boom or pole of the waggon, to which the hind oxen are yoked, and depended upon for guidance.
1861 T. Shone Diary. 27 Mar.Henry made a thisthelboon for his new waggon, and loaded the Waggon with forage for Market.
1873 F. Boyle To Cape for Diamonds 258One of the two iron braces holding the dussel-boom split in two places. We bound it up with a second halter, and proceeded miserably.
1875 P. in A.M.L. Robinson Sel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 193It appeared a miracle that the whole wagon and its contents were not turned bodily over upon the oxen yoked to the disselboom.
1876 T. Stubbs Reminiscences. I. 81Pike was sitting on the diselboom of the waggon..lighting his pipe.
1879 R.J. Atcherley Trip to Boërland 46The wood employed is chosen with great care, stink or assegai wood being used for the ‘dissel-boom’ or pole.
1882 C. Du Val With Show through Sn Afr. I. 235The horses were tied to the pole, or, as the colonials call it, disselboom, of my waggon.
1895 A.B. Balfour 1200 Miles in Waggon 72The harness is of the most elementary kind, consisting of a trek-chain fastened to the end of the düsselboom (pole), and having yokes attached to it at intervals of about eight to ten feet.
1899 G.H. Russell Under Sjambok 129Now that the dessel-boom..was lying on the ground, the seat..was at an angle of fortyfive degrees.
1909 N. Paul Child in Midst 11The two best-trained oxen in the team are always inspanned in the front, and the two strongest beside the disselboom.
1914 S.P. Hyatt Old Transport Rd 263The only tools used by the transport-rider..in getting düsselbooms or ‘lang-wagons’ were an auger and a side-axe.
1930 R. Campbell Adamastor 65In my last trek be thou the Star To whom I hitch my disselboom.
1944 J. Mockford Here Are S. Africans 65The wagon’s front wheels pivoted freely as the single, short shaft, the disselboom, swung to the left or right with the turning span of plodding oxen.
1958 A. Jackson Trader on Veld 37The little open buggy, £25 (no hood), exposed you to all weathers, but was a light vehicle. It was built with two shafts for one horse, or a disselboom (one shaft) for two horses.
1967 E.M. Slatter My Leaves Are Green 121Above the screams and yells of the driver I heard the disselboom snap. The wagon slid down the slope, leaving a tangled mass of chains and oxen on the track.
1977 F.G. Butler Karoo Morning 91A particular ox who worked well on the left of the disselboom might be useless on the right.
The pole or single shaft of an ox-wagon or horse-drawn cart. Also figurative.

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