sumpter

sumpter

[suhmp-ter]
noun
a packhorse or mule.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English sompter < Old French sometier pack-horse driver < Vulgar Latin *saumatārius, equivalent to Latin sagmat- (stem of sagma; see summer2) + -ārius -ary

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sumpter (ˈsʌmptə)
 
n
archaic a packhorse, mule, or other beast of burden
 
[C14: from Old French sometier driver of a baggage horse, from Vulgar Latin sagmatārius (unattested), from Late Latin sagma packsaddle]

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sumpter
c.1320, "driver of a pack horse," from O.Fr. sommetier, from V.L. *sagmatarius "a pack horse driver," from L.L. sagmat- "a pack, burden," stem of sagma "packsaddle," from Gk. sagma, probably related to sattein "to pack, press, stuff." Used from c.1450 of horses and mules for carrying loads.
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