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

  • n. A Native American infant or very young child.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. baby
  • n. backpack (UK)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A babe or young child of Indian parentage in North America.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A North American Indian babe or young child, commonly carried by its mother bound up and strapped to a board, or hung up so as to be out of harm's way.

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

  • n. an American Indian infant


Narragansett papoòs, child.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Narragansett papoos ("child") (Wiktionary)



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