[wuh-tahp, wa-]


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

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

  • The sheets of bark were then fastened round the gunwales by wattap, and sewn together with the same materials at the joinings.

    Among the Red-skins

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • As Martin got better he employed himself in making some small nets of wattap, of which we obtained a plentiful supply.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes

    William H. G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for wattap



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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