Slave-fork

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Slave-fork a long and heavy branch into the forked end of which a slave's neck is fixed to prevent his escaping from the slave-trader's gang
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. esclave—Mid. High Ger. slave (Ger. sclave), from Slav, above.

Usage

In literature:

My orders were to take no notice so long as they circulated, but open slave-dealing in the Fork, was too much.
"Actions and Reactions" by Rudyard Kipling
I was slave of Lemuel Lane, of de Dutch Fork.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
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