One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large covered wagon used for long-distance travel, typically carrying pioneers in the westward migration.
- ‘There were primitives, like a neat stair saw dated 1808, a Conestoga wagon jack, and the earliest lawn mower ever.’
- ‘What you need is a smaller version of the old Conestoga wagon.’
- ‘An 1895 trap carriage and a Conestoga wagon on a short stretch of plank road bracket a homemade airplane.’
- ‘We no longer need bur oak groves to act as safety nets for Conestoga wagons heading west.’
- ‘Along the eastern seaboard of what is now the United States carting provided the most common form of transport, as the development of the Conestoga wagon attested.’
Early 18th century: named after Conestoga, a town in Pennsylvania, US.
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