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rucksack

[ruhk-sak, roo k-]
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noun
  1. a type of knapsack carried by hikers, bicyclists, etc.

Origin of rucksack

1890–95; < German: literally, back sack
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  • Had only my rucksack, left rest of my stuff at coll., to be forwarded later.

    Kathleen

    Christopher Morley

  • As Sweet was the only man with a rucksack, we three had to make our own.

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    H. C. W. Bishop

  • Helen and Miss Jardine got up when he came in and put the rucksack on the table.

    The Girl From Keller's

    Harold Bindloss

  • He even hit on the shop in which you bought your rucksack and alpenstock.

  • He wished he had both these books in his rucksack, but as he had not, he decided he would hunt for them in Chichester.


British Dictionary definitions for rucksack

rucksack

noun
  1. a large bag, usually having two straps and a supporting frame, carried on the back and often used by climbers, campers, etcUS and Canadian name: backpack

Word Origin

C19: from German, literally: back sack
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Word Origin and History for rucksack

n.

1866, from German Rucksack, from Alpine dialect Rück "the back" (from German Rücken; see ridge) + Sack "sack" (see sack (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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