karabiner

[kar-uh-bee-ner]
noun
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karabiner (ˌkærəˈbiːnə)
 
n
mountaineering snaplink, Also called: krab a metal clip with a spring for attaching to a piton, belay, etc
 
[shortened from German Karabinerhaken, literally: carbine hook, that is, one used to attach carbines to a belt]

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Usually a sling of rope or tape attached to a natural anchor at one end and clipped to the rope with a karabiner at the other.
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