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Wipple-tree

or Whipultre. Mentioned in Chaucer's Knight's Tale, is the cornel-tree or dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) (= whiffle-tree, from whiffle = to turn).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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