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knapsack

[nap-sak] /ˈnæpˌsæk/
noun
1.
a canvas, nylon, or leather bag for clothes, food, and other supplies, carried on the back by soldiers, hikers, etc.
Origin of knapsack
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Low German knappsack, equivalent to knapp a bite (of food) + sack sack1; compare dialectal English knap to snap up, eat greedily
Related forms
knapsacked, adjective
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knapsack

/ˈnæpˌsæk/
noun
1.
a canvas or leather bag carried strapped on the back or shoulder
Word Origin
C17: from Low German knappsack, probably from knappen to bite, snap + sack bag; related to Dutch knapzak; see sack1
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n.

c.1600, from Low German Knapsack (Dutch knapzak), probably from knappen "to eat" literally "to crack, snap" + Sack "bag" (see sack (n.1)).

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