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[wuh-tahp, wa-] /wəˈtɑp, wæ-/
a thread made by North American Indians from the divided roots of certain conifers and used in weaving and sewing.
Also, wattap, watape [wuh-tah-pee, wa-] /wəˈtɑ pi, wæ-/ (Show IPA). Unabridged
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  • Thus placed, they were all firmly lashed with strong cords of watap, by means of holes pierced in the bottom plank.

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  • These threads are as strong as the best cords of hemp, and are known among the Indians by the name of “watap.”

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  • In a country, therefore, where hemp and flax cannot be readily procured, the “watap” is of great value.

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  • The watap, wet or dry, does not yield, and has therefore been found to be the best thing of all others for this purpose.

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British Dictionary definitions for watap


/wæˈtɑːp; wɑː-/
a stringy thread made by North American Indians from the roots of various conifers and used for weaving and sewing
Word Origin
C18: from Canadian French, from Cree watapiy
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