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A kind of sandal or moccasin of untanned cowhide or sealskin sewn together and tied across the instep, traditionally worn by the inhabitants of the Aran Islands. Usually in plural.
Mid 19th century. Probably from Irish regional (chiefly Aran) pampúta, probably from Dutch pampoesje indoor slipper (perhaps altered after -tje, diminutive suffix; compare German regional (Low German) Pampuschen, plural) or its etymon Javanese † pampus from early modern Persian pāpōš Compare babouche. Perhaps compare also pump.
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