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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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  • The sheets of bark were then fastened round the gunwales by wattap, and sewn together with the same materials at the joinings.

    Among the Red-skins W.H.G. Kingston
  • As Martin got better he employed himself in making some small nets of wattap, of which we obtained a plentiful supply.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes William H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for wattap


/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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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