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 (kou′kăch′ər, -kĕch′-)
A metal grille or frame projecting from the front of a locomotive and serving to clear the track of obstructions.


(Railways) US and Canadian a metal frame on the front of a locomotive to clear the track of animals or other obstructions


(ˈkaʊˌkætʃ ər)

a triangular frame at the front of a locomotive for clearing the track of obstructions.
[1830–40, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cowcatcher - an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
locomotive, locomotive engine, railway locomotive, engine - a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks


[ˈkaʊˌkætʃəʳ] Nrastrillo m delantero, quitapiedras m inv
References in classic literature ?
And I never had much trouble with the Spiggoties, what of letting them sneak free rides in the tender or on the cowcatcher.
If you try to get rides that way,' I slung at her in Spiggoty Spanish (which they tell me is some different from regular Spanish), 'you'll be taking one smeared all over our cowcatcher and headlight, and it'll be up to my fireman to scrape you off.
And then I spotted her, crouched down right against the cowcatcher, that close I'd almost stepped on her.