One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A road made of tree trunks laid across a swamp.
- ‘Historically, common practice was to lay down timbers to form a corduroy road bed.’
- ‘Grant, 79 years before, had also remarked that corduroy roads had to be laid in order for his army to advance on Corinth, Mississippi.’
- ‘Our carriage jolted over the half-rotted corduroy road which traversed the swamp, and then climbed the long hill leading to the sawmill.’
- ‘Two men, one carthorse, a towrope and a sledge piled high with manuka scrub to strew in the mud in front of us and make a temporary corduroy road, awaited us at Pohokura's slough of despond.’
- ‘An alternative type, widely used in wooded swampy areas, is the corduroy road, made by felling trees to clear a path, splitting the trunks, and laying them transversely to form a corrugated roadway.’
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