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[tuhmp-lahyn] /ˈtʌmpˌlaɪn/
a strap or sling passed around the chest or forehead to help support a pack carried on a person's back.
Origin of tumpline
Southern New England Algonquian
proto-Eastern Algonquian
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 Unabridged
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  • This is known as a tumpline, and consists of a band of leather to cross the head, and two long thongs to secure the pack.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
  • One night one of them ate a piece out of my tumpline, which was partially under my head, while I slept.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for tumpline


(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 Also called tump
Word Origin
C19: from tump, of Algonquian origin + line1; compare Abnaki mádǔmbi pack strap
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