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Where does the name oxbow come from?



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An Oxbow is a portion of the harness rigging built by slowly bending a length of green wood using heat and moisture to create a uniform "U" shaped stock that fits through holes cut into the yoke. This devise has early European origins and has been in use for at least 700 years to team up oxen for teamed pulling of carts and agricultural implements.

Another answer: Meandering bends in rivers can also form U shaped lakes, which are then known as oxbow lakes because of their similarity in shape to the U shaped stock of an ox harness