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Using a tumpline

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Tump is a shortening of mattump, metump, from a Penobscot word.


tumpline (plural tumplines)

  1. A strap used to carry objects tied to its ends by placing the broadened or cushioned middle of the strap over the head just above the forehead.
    • 1918, Rex Ellingwood Beach, The Winds of Chance, ch. 2:
      The speaker slipped his arms into his pack-harness and adjusted the tumpline to his forehead preparatory to rising.

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