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carabiner

or karabiner

[kar-uh-bee-ner] /ˌkær əˈbi nər/
noun
1.
a D -shaped ring with a spring catch on one side, used for fastening ropes in mountaineering.
Origin of carabiner
Austrian German
1915-1920
1915-20; < Austrian German Karabiner, shortening of German Karabinerhaken carbine hook, equivalent to Karabiner (< French carabine carbine + German -er -er1) + Haken hook1; it was originally used to fasten carbines to bandoleers
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British Dictionary definitions for karabiner

karabiner

/ˌkærəˈbiːnə/
noun
1.
(mountaineering) a metal clip with a spring for attaching to a piton, belay, etc Also called snaplink, krab
Word Origin
shortened from German Karabinerhaken, literally: carbine hook, that is, one used to attach carbines to a belt

carabiner

/ˌkærəˈbiːnə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of karabiner
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Word Origin and History for karabiner
n.

coupling device, 1932, shortened from German karabiner-haken "spring hook."

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