fore-tongue, noun

Forms:
Also foretong.
Origin:
Afrikaans
Wagon-making
voortang.
1919 Dunell, Ebden & Co.’s Price List Aug. 35Foretongs, Wagon, 8in. 11/6 rough, 21/6 dressed.
1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 53Fore Tongue, The anglicised form of voortang.., a part of a wagon; sometimes also written foretong.
1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 187Voortang..is also called foretong or foretongue by manufacturers.
1973 E. Prov. Herald 28 May 13A typical wagon of the Great Trek period would have had..disselboom, foretong, long wagon and other heavy carrying timbers, of black ironwood.
voortang.

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19191973