tumpline

tumpline

[tuhmp-lahyn]
noun
a strap or sling passed around the chest or forehead to help support a pack carried on a person's back.

Origin:
1790–1800; tump (earlier mattump, metomp < Southern New England Algonquian < proto-Eastern Algonquian *mat- empty root appearing in names of manufactured objects + *-a·pəy string) + line1

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tumpline (ˈtʌmpˌlaɪn)
 
n
Also called: tump (in the US and Canada, esp formerly) a leather or cloth band strung across the forehead or chest and attached to a pack or load in order to support it
 
[C19: from tump, of Algonquian origin + line1; compare Abnaki mádǔmbi pack strap]

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