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babiche

[buh-beesh]
noun
  1. (in the Pacific Northwest) thong, thread, or lacings made of rawhide, gut, or sinew, especially for making snowshoes.
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Origin of babiche

1800–10; < Canadian French (la) babiche < Micmac a·papi·č cord, thread, diminutive of a·papi < Proto-Algonquian *aʔlapa·py(i) (*aʔlapy- net + *-a·py- string)
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Historical Examples of babiche

  • He smiled to himself; and I said, 'Where've you been, Babiche?

    Romany of the Snows

    Gilbert Parker

  • To the dog's collar he then fastened a ten-foot rope of babiche.

    Kazan

    James Oliver Curwood

  • Sandy was squatted six feet from him, holding the end of the babiche, and grinning.

    Kazan

    James Oliver Curwood

  • Sandy had taken the precaution of bringing a thick club along with the babiche.

    Kazan

    James Oliver Curwood

  • For a brief interval Sandy allowed the babiche to fall slack.

    Kazan

    James Oliver Curwood


British Dictionary definitions for babiche

babiche

noun
  1. Canadian thongs or lacings of rawhide
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Word Origin for babiche

C19: from Canadian French, of Algonquian origin
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