tump·​line | \ ˈtəmp-ˌlīn How to pronounce tumpline (audio) \

Definition of tumpline

: a sling formed by a strap slung over the forehead or chest and used for carrying or helping to support a pack on the back or in hauling loads

Examples of tumpline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The road to Catarina begins smoothly, rising from Antigua through pine forests where indigenous families carry firewood up mountain paths on their backs, with tumplines looped over their foreheads bearing the weight. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, 10 June 2019 Phelan’s men were issued an oiled leather tumpline with two long tails. Pippa Biddle, The Atlantic, 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of tumpline

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tumpline

tump, of Algonquian origin; akin to Eastern Abenaki mádûmbí pack strap

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“Tumpline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumpline. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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