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[buh-beesh] /bəˈbiʃ/
(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) Unabridged
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  • He smiled to himself; and I said, 'Where've you been, babiche?

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker
  • To the dog's collar he then fastened a ten-foot rope of babiche.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
  • Sandy was squatted six feet from him, holding the end of the babiche, and grinning.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
  • Sandy had taken the precaution of bringing a thick club along with the babiche.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
  • For a brief interval Sandy allowed the babiche to fall slack.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
  • It is well to wrap the frame on either side where the babiche is drawn around it, with buckskin or sealskin.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • Otherwise even a slight crust upon the snow will in time cut the babiche strands.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • Explain also that the men of the fort lie in babiche bonds; that Glyndon is a prisoner; that Glyndon's wife is a captive.

  • I struck his back hard, and spoke loud from a song that we used to sing on the Chaudiere—babiche and all of us, years ago.

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker
  • Where the weight of the foot would rest he used a fine mesh of babiche or twisted sinew.

    South from Hudson Bay E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
British Dictionary definitions for babiche


(Canadian) thongs or lacings of rawhide
Word Origin
C19: from Canadian French, of Algonquian origin
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