One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A board to which an infant is strapped, traditionally used by some North American Indian peoples.
- ‘Cradles, sometimes called cradleboards, were also the product of women's work.’
- ‘For good luck the umbilical cord was sown into a small hide pouch and attached to the cradleboard.’
- ‘They tell about how cradleboards were decorated, and how twins were sometimes looked upon as a sign of bad luck.’
- ‘Until he was able to walk, an Iroquois baby spent his days secured to a cradleboard.’
- ‘Other uses of the area include historical occupancy for farming and use of willow to make cradleboards.’
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