/tum"breuhl/, n.
1. one of the carts used during the French Revolution to convey victims to the guillotine.
2. a farmer's cart, esp. one for hauling manure, that can be tilted to discharge its load.
3. Obs. a two-wheeled covered cart accompanying artillery for carrying tools, ammunition, etc.
Also, tumbril.
[1275-1325; ME tumberell ducking stool < ML tumberellus < OF tumberel dump-cart, equiv. to tombe(r) to fall (see TUMBLE) + -rel -REL]

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also spelled  Tumbril,  

      French two-wheeled dumpcart or wagon designed to be drawn by a single draft animal. Originally used to carry agricultural supplies, it was most often associated with the cartage of animal manure. It was also used, however, by artillery units to carry tools and ammunition, and during the French Revolution it gained wide celebrity as the vehicle used to bear prisoners to the guillotine.

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