papoose

or pap·poose

[ pa-poos, puh- ]
/ pæˈpus, pə- /

noun

a North American Indian baby or young child.

Origin of papoose

1625–35, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) papoòs baby, or Massachusett (E spelling) pappouse
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papoose

pappoose

/ (pəˈpuːs) /

noun

an American Indian baby or child
a pouchlike bag used for carrying a baby, worn on the back

Word Origin for papoose

C17: from Algonquian papoos
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