- (in the Pacific Northwest) thong, thread, or lacings made of rawhide, gut, or sinew, especially for making snowshoes.
Origin of babiche
1800–10; < Canadian French (la) babiche < Micmac a·papi·č cord, thread, diminutive of a·papi < Proto-Algonquian *aʔlapa·py(i) (*aʔlapy- net + *-a·py- string)
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Examples from the Web for babiche
He smiled to himself; and I said, 'Where've you been, Babiche?Romany of the Snows
Sandy had taken the precaution of bringing a thick club along with the babiche.
For a brief interval Sandy allowed the babiche to fall slack.
To the dog's collar he then fastened a ten-foot rope of babiche.
Sandy was squatted six feet from him, holding the end of the babiche, and grinning.
- Canadian thongs or lacings of rawhide
C19: from Canadian French, of Algonquian origin
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