[ 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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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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