colportage

[kol-pawr-tij, -pohr-; French kawl-pawr-tazh]
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noun

the work of a colporteur.

Origin of colportage

1840–50; < French, equivalent to colport(er) to hawk (literally, carry on the neck; see col, port5) + -age -age
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