Definition of babiche in English:



  • [mass noun] Raw hide, typically formed into strips, as used by North American Indians for making fastenings and animal snares.

    • ‘Wood, seagrass, upholstered and babiche seats available in both bar or counter height.’
    • ‘While in college, she was given a babiche bag said to be over one hundred years old.’
    • ‘The maker of this elaborate snowshoe has created geometric designs in the babiche weaving using black and red paint.’
    • ‘The polished brass arm and wall plate reflect the warm varnished wood and babiche tones of both the snowshoe and parchment shade.’
    • ‘His chest was massive, and over it the muscles rolled like babiche cord when he moved.’
    • ‘There are solid wooden shoes that were used in emergencies when no babiche was available for webbing, but the historical record and oral tradition agree that these were a second class alternative.’
    • ‘The Koosees' teachings - on everything from selecting the right birch or tamarack tree for the snowshoe frame to weaving the moose hide ‘babiche’ used for the webbing - will be used by the cultural center to produce an instructional book.’
    • ‘The women took care of the food, skinning, cooking, smoking the meat, made babiche, clothes, blankets, and bowls.’
    • ‘Snowshoe makers ‘signed’ their work with distinctive frame construction techniques and ornate, decorative babiche work.’
    • ‘Then Falkner bound him hand and foot with the babiche thongs, and dragged him to the bunk.’
    • ‘The Nunamiut kayaks are covered with caribou skins, which are sewn with sinew and babiche and sealed with tallow.’
    • ‘Roots are better than babiche in applications where the object would be in water, as wet babiche stretches terribly.’


Early 19th century: from Canadian French, from Micmac a:papi:č.