One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A broad strap or chain passing over a cart saddle, and serving to support the shafts; = ridge-band. In later use chiefly English regional (southern).
2Agriculture. An implement for ridging soil.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Ellis (c1700–1758), agriculturist and writer. Partly from ridge + -er, and partly from ridge + -er.
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