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disselboom, noun

Forms:
desselboom, diselboomShow more Formerly also desselboom, diselboom, dusselboom, düsselboom, thisthelboon, thistleboom, tisselboom.
Origin:
DutchShow more Dutch, dissel shaft, pole + boom beam.
Wagon-making
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.
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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