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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An oblong metal ring with a spring clip, used in mountaineering to attach a running rope to a piton or similar device.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A metal link with a gate that can open and close, generally used for clipping ropes to anchors or other objects.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oblong metal ring with a spring clip; used in mountaineering to attach a rope to a piton or to connect two ropes

Etymologies

German Karabiner, short for Karabinerhaken, hook for a carbine, from Karabiner, carbine, from French carabine; see carbine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened from German Karabinerhaken. (Wiktionary)

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