variants: or portapack \ ˈpō(r)təˌpak , ˈpȯ(r)-​ \
plural -s

Definition of portapak

: a portable combination of a television camera and videotape recorder

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First Known Use of portapak

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for portapak

porta(ble) + pak (alteration of pack entry 1) or pack entry 1

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