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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whippletree \Whip"ple*tree`\, n. [See Whip, and cf. Whiffletree.] [1913 Webster] 1. The pivoted or swinging bar to which the traces, or tugs, of a harness are fastened, and by which a carriage, a plow, or other implement or vehicle, is drawn; a whiffletree; a swingletree; a singletree. See Singletree. [1913 Webster] [People] cut their own whippletree in the woodlot. --Emerson. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) The cornel tree. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]