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babiche

[buh-beesh]
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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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Examples from the Web for babiche

Historical Examples

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

    Romany of the Snows

    Gilbert Parker

  • 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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for babiche

babiche

noun
  1. Canadian thongs or lacings of rawhide
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Word Origin

C19: from Canadian French, of Algonquian origin
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