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knapsack

knap·sack

knapsack

 
pronunciation:
naep saek
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Word Combinations (noun), Word History
part of speech: noun
definition: a carrying bag worn on the back and made of leather, canvas, nylon, or the like.
similar words:
pack
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Word History
A knapsack is where a soldier carried his food, which might have to be eaten quickly. "Knapsack" meant "eating bag" in the English spoken in the 1600s. Knap comes from a German word that means "a bite" or "snap."