One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A horse-drawn sledge used by a farmer or timberman, typically with runners at the front and wheels at the back.‘the solid manure is scraped into a konaki’
- ‘In visiting farms in a district such as Taranaki, one sees many designs of konakis.’
- ‘The konaki has replaced the ordinary farm sledge on many farms in Taranaki.’
- ‘We had to use that konaki and that ruddy horse.’
- ‘It must have been the predecessor of that very useful, and once very common, farm vehicle, called a konaki.’
- ‘A konaki with a single runner extended in front of the vehicle.’
Early 20th century: from Maori koneke ‘sledge’.
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