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sumpter

[suhmp-ter] /ˈsʌmp tər/
noun
1.
a packhorse or mule.
Origin
1275-1325
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/
noun
1.
(archaic) a packhorse, mule, or other beast of burden
Word Origin
C14: from Old French sometier driver of a baggage horse, from Vulgar Latin sagmatārius (unattested), from Late Latin sagma packsaddle
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Word Origin and History for sumpter
n.

early 14c., "driver of a pack horse," from Old French sommetier, from Vulgar Latin *sagmatarius "a pack horse driver," from Late Latin sagmat- "a pack, burden," stem of sagma "packsaddle," from Greek sagma, probably related to sattein "to pack, press, stuff." Used from mid-15c. of horses and mules for carrying loads.

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