1) The contrivance which coupled oxen together for drawing a plough.

1484 cum temmes et yhokkez, Brandsby

1544 I will that ... my two sons ... have my yokes, temes, waynes, Kirkburton

1554 my best bounde wayne, foure of the best yockes and teames, a ploughe and four of my best oxen, Monk Fryston. The coupled oxen were then referred to as a yoke: 1539 I witt to the forsaide Thomas one yoke of oxen, Woodkirk

1558 to my sonne ... one yocke of oxen with all manner of waines, plowes, Burley. A similar kind of wooden frame was attached to farm animals that foraged, to prevent them from breaking through hedgerows or fences: 1578 A payne that every manes swine be rynged and yoked before Trinitie next comynge, Lepton. Even geese had some sort of yoke to hinder their movements: 1667 that no person ... doe keepe their swine unwringed or their Geese unyoaked, South Crosland. Similar attachments allowed a person to carry pairs of baskets or pails: 1599 Three slynge yolkes and one heade yolke iiijs, Rawmarsh. It occurs in an unusual by-name: 1260 Hugh Yoktdogge of Skeffling

William Yocktdoeg of Burton Pidsea.

spellings head yoke
dates 1260 1539 1544 1554 1558 1578 1599 1667

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