[ tuhmp-lahyn ]
/ ˈtʌmpˌlaɪn /
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a strap or sling passed around the chest or forehead to help support a pack carried on a person's back.
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Origin of tumpline

1790–1800; tump (earlier mattump,metomp<Southern New England Algonquian <proto-Eastern Algonquian *mat- empty root appearing in names of manufactured objects + *-a·pəy string) + line1
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How to use tumpline in a sentence

  • One night one of them ate a piece out of my tumpline, which was partially under my head, while I slept.

  • This is known as a tumpline, and consists of a band of leather to cross the head, and two long thongs to secure the pack.

    Camp and Trail|Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for tumpline

/ (ˈtʌmpˌlaɪn) /

(in the US and Canada, esp formerly) a leather or cloth band strung across the forehead or chest and attached to a pack or load in order to support itAlso called: tump

Word Origin for tumpline

C19: from tump, of Algonquian origin + line 1; compare Abnaki mádǔmbi pack strap
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