trektou, noun

Forms:
tracktoe, tracktowShow more Also tracktoe, tracktow, tracto, tractoe, tractow, traktow, treck-tow, trektouw, trektow, and as two words.
Plurals:
trektous, and (rarely) trektowen.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier Dutch trektouw), trek see trek noun + touw rope, cord, twine; it is not clear whether forms in -tow arose through transliteration or through translation.
usually historical
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 trek noun sense 12 a. Also attributive.
1817 G. Barker Journal. 16 MayHad a Buffaloo’s hide cut to make a Trek tow.
1994 M. Roberts tr. of J.A. Wahlberg’s Trav. Jrnls 1838–56 59Trektouw riem eaten by a dog, who paid for his prank with his life.
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.
A chain used for the same purpose; trek chain, see treknoun12 a. Also attributive.

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