langwa, noun

Forms:
Formerly also langwagen.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, earlier Dutch langwagen.
Wagon-making
long-wagon. Occasionally also a partial translation of lang-wagon.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 150The langwagen is that beam which connects the two axletrees together.
[1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 158The wagon wheel was yesterday put together and..the band put on, and also a new long way was fixed.]
1914 S.P. Hyatt Old Transport Rd 262The ‘lang-wagon,’ the wooden bar which connects the fore carriage with the after carriage, is far more easily replaced.
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.
1974 A.A. Telford in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. X. 570This [trolley] was usually a lighter vehicle...There was no langwa and the body was on springs.
1974 A.A. Telford in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. X. 571The invention of the elliptic spring eliminated the need for the perch (langwa), thus lightening the weight.
long-wagon. Occasionally also a partial translation of lang-wagon.
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