Origin of travoisCanadian French ; from travail, a brake, load ; from Fr: see travail
Origin of travoisCanadian French, alteration of obsolete travoy, from travail, cart-shaft, from French, frame for restraining horses, alteration of Late Latin tripalium, device with three stakes, probably from Latin tripalis, having three stakes; see travail.
(plural travoises or travois)
- A traditional North American Indian sled-like vehicle, pulled by person, dog, or horse.
From Canadian French, from an alteration of travail (etymology 2), from Medieval Latin trepalium (“instrument of torture"), probably a calque from Ancient Greek. See Ï€Î¬ÏƒÏƒÎ±Î»Î¿Ï‚ (passalos, “peg").