Definition of Prairie schooner

1. Noun. A large wagon with broad wheels and an arched canvas top; used by the United States pioneers to cross the prairies in the 19th century.

Exact synonyms: Conestoga, Conestoga Wagon, Covered Wagon, Prairie Wagon
Generic synonyms: Waggon, Wagon
Group relationships: Caravan, Train, Wagon Train

Definition of Prairie schooner

1. Noun. A horse-drawn wagon used to transport people and goods in the American west of the 18th and 19th centuries. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prairie Schooner

prairie gourd vine
prairie grouse
prairie lotus
prairie mallow
prairie marmot
prairie mimosa
prairie orchid
prairie rattler
prairie rattlesnake
prairie rocket
prairie sage
prairie sagewort
prairie schooner (current term)
prairie schooners
prairie smoke
prairie soil
prairie star
prairie sunflower
prairie trefoil
prairie trillium
prairie vole
prairie wagon
prairie wake-robin
prairie white-fringed orchid
prairie white-fringed orchis
prairie willow
prairie wolf

Literary usage of Prairie schooner

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"prairie schooner—contd. 1910 The next schooner I had any association with was that venerable and faithful prairie schooner that floated so bravely and ..."

2. The Great Plains: The Romance of Western American Exploration, Warfare, and by Randall Parrish (1907)
"... Increase of Santa Fe Trade THE close of the Mexican war brought with it a new era to the Plains. The reign of the prairie schooner then began in earnest ..."

3. With the Border Ruffians: Memories of the Far West, 1852-1868 by Robert Hamilton Williams (1907)
"Soon, as we topped a gentle rise on the prairie, we saw what we were in search of—the great tilted wagon, or " prairie schooner," standing in solitude on a ..."

4. Our Country: West (1897)
"The hull or foundation of the prairie schooner is a double box about twelve and one-half feet long. This box is usually three and a half feet wide, ..."

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