haversack

[ hav-er-sak ]
/ ˈhæv ərˌsæk /

noun

a single-strapped bag worn over one shoulder and used for carrying supplies.
a soldier's bag for rations, extra clothing, etc.

Origin of haversack

1740–50; earlier havresack < French havresac < German Habersack, equivalent to Haber oats (compare dialectal English haver < Old Norse hafrar oats) + Sack sack1
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haversack

/ (ˈhævəˌsæk) /

noun

a canvas bag for provisions or equipment, carried on the back or shoulder

Word Origin for haversack

C18: from French havresac, from German Habersack oat bag, from Old High German habaro oats + Sack sack 1
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Word Origin and History for haversack

haversack


n.

1749, from French havresac (1670s), from Low German hafersach "cavalry trooper's bag for horse provender," literally "oat sack," from the common Germanic word for "oat" (see haver (n.1)) + sack (n.1)).

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