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leerboom, noun

Forms:
Also le’er-boom.
Plurals:
leerbooms, leerboomen.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch), leer ladder, rack + boom beam.
obs., Wagon-making
The upper rails of a leerwa or rack-waggon, a waggon with high sides.
Note:
Cf. British English ‘cart-ladder’.
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. 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.
1919 J.Y. Gibson in S. 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.
The upper rails of a leerwa or rack-waggon, a waggon with high sides.

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