Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch), leer ladder, rack + boom beam.
The upper rails of a leerwa or rack-waggon, a waggon with high sides.
Cf. British English ‘cart-ladder’.
1824W.J. BurchellTrav.II. 318The fur coverlet..seemed the only covering which could enable a person to sleep with tolerable warmth in one of these waggons; for along both sides, there was between the upper le’er-boom and the mats, a wide opening through which the wind found free entrance.
1870George Advertiser 14 Apr.Wagon and Cart Wood, Yellow-wood and Stinkwood Planks, Leerbooms, Disselbooms, c
1919J.Y. Gibson inS. Afr. Jrnl of Science July 6The length of the wagon was about 15 feet; the height of the tilt from the floor 5 feet 6 inches. The upper rails of the sides, leerboomen, were curved upwards from about the second third...The boogen, or tent bows, arched between standers, or standards, which were fastened on the outer sides of the leer-boomen.
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