Babiche meaning

bə-bēsh
Strips of rawhide, sinew, or gut used for sewing, lacing, or fastening.

Snowshoes webbed with babiche.

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(chiefly cdn.) Rawhide thongs or lacings, used for tying or weaving, esp. in snowshoes.
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(North America) Thong(s) of rawhide or sinew used as cord, lacing, or webbing, in the manufacture of snowshoes, braided straps and tumplines, fishing and harpoon lines, knit bags, etc.
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Origin of babiche

  • Canadian French of Algonquian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Attested 1800–10. From Canadian French, from Mi'kmaq ápapíj (“cord, thread”), diminutive of ápapi, from Proto-Algonquian *aʔlapa·py, *aʔlapa·pyi, from *aʔlapy- (“net”) + *-a·py (“string”).

    From Wiktionary