tracktoe, tracktowShow more Also tracktoe, tracktow, tracto, tractoe, tractow, traktow, treck-tow, trektouw, trektow, and as two words.
trektous, and (rarely) trektowen.
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier Dutch trektouw), trek see treknoun + touw rope, cord, twine; it is not clear whether forms in -tow arose through transliteration or through translation.
a.A trace or drawrope made of twisted or plaited rawhide thongs and used in drawing a wagon, being attached to the yokes of the draught animals and to the pole.See also tou sense 1.b.transferred sense.A chain used for the same purpose; trek chain, see treknoun sense 12 a. Also attributive.
1817G. Barker Journal. 16 MayHad a Buffaloo’s hide cut to make a Trek tow.
1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 151The trektouw (draw rope or trace), is a long rope made of twisted thongs of raw hide, made fast by a hook to the staple at the end of the pole, and having iron rings attached to it at proper distances, into which rings the yokes are hooked.
1835A. SmithDiary (1940) II. 32The crocodile sometimes takes off tractoes and the iron rings have been found in the stomachs of some that have been killed.
1835A. SmithDiary (1940) II. 309Wagons with trak tow rims etc. complete.
1836A.F. GardinerJourney to Zoolu Country 319The baggage waggon sunk to the axles in the mud; twice the tractow was broken in the endeavour to urge it forward.
1850J.E. MethleyNew Col. of Port Natal 22A span of twelve or fourteen oxen..are attached by yokes fastened on the neck to a long chain or treck-trow, which is made fast to the dissel-boom.
1864S. Turner inD. ChildPortrait of Pioneer (1980) 7The trektouw or rope made of hide by which the oxen pull the wagon broke, and the wagon ran back off the road.
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