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whip·ple·tree

 (wĭp′əl-trē′, hwĭp′-)
n. Upper Northern US

[Perhaps blend of dialectal whippin, whippletree and swingletree.]

whippletree

(ˈwɪpəlˌtriː)
n
(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) another name for swingletree
[C18: apparently from whip]

whif•fle•tree

(ˈʰwɪf əlˌtri, ˈwɪf-)

n.
Northern U.S. a crossbar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces of a harness are fastened for pulling a vehicle or a plow. Also called whippletree , singletree.
[1820–30; variant of whippletree]
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Noun1.whippletree - a crossbar that is attached to the traces of a draft horse and to the vehicle or implement that the horse is pullingwhippletree - a crossbar that is attached to the traces of a draft horse and to the vehicle or implement that the horse is pulling
crossbar - a horizontal bar that goes across something