First attested around 1800–10. From Canadian French, from Mi'kmaq ápapíj (“cord, thread”), diminutive of ápapi, from Proto-Algonquian *aʔlapa·py, *aʔlapa·pyi, from *aʔlapy- (“net”) + *-a·py (“string”).
babiche (plural babiches)
- (North America) Thong(s) of rawhide or sinew used as cord, lacing, or webbing, in the manufacture of snowshoes, braided straps and tumplines, fishing and harpoon lines, knit bags, etc.
- “babiche” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
- “babiche” in the The New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2005
- “babiche” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
babiche f (plural babiches)