- a thread made by North American Indians from the divided roots of certain conifers and used in weaving and sewing.
Also wat·tap, wa·ta·pe [wuh-tah-pee, wa-] /wəˈtɑ pi, wæ-/.
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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.
In a country, therefore, where hemp and flax cannot be readily procured, the “watap” is of great value.
These threads are as strong as the best cords of hemp, and are known among the Indians by the name of “watap.”
The watap, wet or dry, does not yield, and has therefore been found to be the best thing of all others for this purpose.
- a stringy thread made by North American Indians from the roots of various conifers and used for weaving and sewing
C18: from Canadian French, from Cree watapiy
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