pit pony

pit pony
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a small horse that was used in the past for moving coal in a mine in Britain

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  • pit pony — noun Etymology: pit (I) chiefly Britain : a pony used for packing or haulage in a mine * * * pit pony noun A pony employed for haulage in a coalmine • • • Main Entry: ↑pit * * * pit pony UK US …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pit pony — A pit pony was a type of pony commonly used underground in coal mines from the mid 18th up until the mid 20th century.HistoryPonies began to be used underground, often replacing child or female labour, as distances from pithead to coal face… …   Wikipedia

  • pit pony — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms pit pony : singular pit pony plural pit ponies a small horse used in coal mines in the past …   English dictionary

  • pit pony — /ˈpɪt poʊni/ (say pit pohnee) noun a small pony, formerly used for haulage in coalmines, etc …  

  • pit pony — noun Brit. historical a pony used to haul loads in a coal mine …   English new terms dictionary

  • pit pony — noun (C) a small horse that was used in the past for moving coal in a mine …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pit — 1. n. & v. n. 1 a a usu. large deep hole in the ground. b a hole made in digging for industrial purposes, esp. for coal (chalk pit; gravel pit). c a covered hole as a trap for esp. wild animals. 2 a an indentation left after smallpox, acne, etc.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pony — po|ny1 [ˈpəuni US ˈpou ] n plural ponies [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from early French poulenet, from Latin pullus young animal, young horse ] a small horse →↑pit pony, ↑Shetland pony pony 2 pony …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pony — noun (C) a small horse see also: pit pony, Shetland pony …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Pony — A pony is a small horse with a specific conformation and temperament. There are many different breeds of ponies. Compared to horses, ponies often exhibit thicker manes, tails and overall coat, as well as proportionally shorter legs, wider barrels …   Wikipedia

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