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A waggon (in British English, sometimes spelled waggon) is a heavy four-wheeled vehicle pulled by draught animals; it was formerly often called a wain, and if low and sideless may be called a dray, trolley or float.
Waggons are pulled by animals such as horses, mules or oxen, and are used for transporting goods, agricultural materials or sometimes people. Waggons are distinguished from carts, which have two wheels, and from lighter four-wheeled vehicles for carrying people, such as carriages. A wagon may be pulled by one animal or by several, often in pairs.
To enable the waggon to turn in as little space as possible, the front pair of wheels are often made smaller than the rear pair to allow them to turn close under the vehicle sides, and to allow them to turn still further the wagon body may be waisted. The front wheels of trolleys and floats are small enough to turn under the vehicle''s body.
1. horses, Equus caballus, equine, equid
usage: solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
2. horses, gymnastic apparatus, exerciser
usage: a padded gymnastic apparatus on legs
3. cavalry, horse cavalry, horse, military personnel, soldiery, troops
usage: troops trained to fight on horseback; "500 horse led the attack"
4. sawhorse, horses, sawbuck, buck, framework, frame, framing
usage: a framework for holding wood that is being sawed
5. knight, horses, chessman, chess piece
usage: a chessman in the shape of a horse''s head; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)
horse, hoofed, herbivorous mammal now represented by a single extant genus, Equus. The term horse commonly refers only to the domestic Equus caballus and to the wild Przewalski''s horse. (Other so-called wild horses are feral domestic horses or their descendants.) Adapted to plains environments, all Equus species, including the ass and the zebra, have lengthened foot bones ending in a single toe covered by a hoof, for fast running; teeth shaped for grinding grass; and intestinal protozoa for digesting cellulose. All species have tufts of hair on the tail, used against insects, and manes on the neck. Horses, zebras, and asses can interbreed, but the offspring are usually sterile. The offspring of a horse and a donkey (domestic ass) is called a mule.
A male horse is called a stallion, or if castrated, a gelding; a female is a mare; her offspring are foals—males are colts, females are fillies. A male parent is a sire, a female parent is a dam. A single foal is born after a gestation of about 11 months. Horses reach sexual maturity in about two years, but are not fully grown for about five years. The average life span is 18 years, but 30-year-old horses are common. The standard unit of height is a hand, equal to 4 in. (10 cm).
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