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wamus

[waw-muh s, wom-uh s] /ˈwɔ məs, ˈwɒm əs/
noun, plural wamuses.
1.
a heavy cardigan jacket, loosely knit and belted.
2.
Also, wammus, wampus. a durable, coarse, outer jacket.
Origin of wamus
dialectal Old French
1795-1805
1795-1805, Americanism; < Dutch wammes (compare German Wams vest, undershirt), Middle Dutch wambuis < dialectal Old French wambois < Frankish *wamb- belly (see womb) + French -ois -ese; see gambeson
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