One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly amongst North American Indians: a strap for bearing or supporting a weight; specifically a band passed across the forehead or chest and used to haul a burden; = "tump-line". Also (occasionally): the burden so supported.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in American Anthropologist. From Southern New England Algonquian; the precise form of the etymon is unknown.
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