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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