One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of swing plough, made chiefly (sometimes wholly) from wood, and drawn by a team of up to eight horses or oxen (also more fully "old Scots plough"); (also) a lighter type of swing plough which can be drawn by two horses, especially one made entirely from cast iron.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Adam Dickson (bap. 1721, d. 1776), agricultural writer.
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