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or pappoose

[pa-poos, puh-] /pæˈpus, pə-/
a North American Indian baby or young child.
Origin of papoose
1625-35, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) papoòs baby, or Massachusett (E spelling) pappouse Unabridged
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  • The former was wrapped in an Indian blanket, and carried a papoose on her back.

    The Thorn in the Nest Martha Finley
  • Noticing the papoose which she carries strapped in a basket at her back.

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin
  • The papoose has first a child-name, which later gives place to the appellation which it will use through life.

  • When she came to herself both the bear and the papoose were gone.

    Three Boys in the Wild North Land Egerton Ryerson Young
  • He will know, then, how heavy would be the heart of his papoose if the chief were long absent from his teepee.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • He likes children, too, 'cause he's always talking about a papoose.

  • I knew they wouldn't shoot at me as long as I held to that papoose.

  • Not a single red-skin, male or female, nor even a papoose, was suffered to escape.

    Buckskin Mose Buckskin Mose
  • There were several Indians in a powwow around the fire, there was a woman with a papoose on her back, and a few partly done.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • But there was never such a scalp as that of the papoose yonder.

    The Sun Maid Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for papoose


an American Indian baby or child
a pouchlike bag used for carrying a baby, worn on the back
Word Origin
C17: from Algonquian papoos
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for papoose

1630s, from Narragansett papoos "child," or a similar New England Algonquian word; said to mean literally "very young."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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