nounpl. -·vois′ or -·vois′es
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 tripālium device with three stakes probably from Latin tripālis 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").