[ wuh-tahp, wa- ]
/ wəˈtɑp, wæ- /


a thread made by North American Indians from the divided roots of certain conifers and used in weaving and sewing.

Nearby words

  1. wasting,
  2. wasting asset,
  3. wastingly,
  4. wastrel,
  5. wat,
  6. watape,
  7. watauga,
  8. watch,
  9. watch and ward,
  10. watch cap

Also wat·tap, wa·ta·pe [wuh-tah-pee, wa-] /wəˈtɑ pi, wæ-/.

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Examples from the Web for watap

  • The watap, wet or dry, does not yield, and has therefore been found to be the best thing of all others for this purpose.

  • These threads are as strong as the best cords of hemp, and are known among the Indians by the name of “watap.”

  • In a country, therefore, where hemp and flax cannot be readily procured, the “watap” is of great value.

  • Thus placed, they were all firmly lashed with strong cords of watap, by means of holes pierced in the bottom plank.

British Dictionary definitions for watap


/ (wæˈtɑːp, wɑː-) /


a stringy thread made by North American Indians from the roots of various conifers and used for weaving and sewing

Word Origin for watap

C18: from Canadian French, from Cree watapiy

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