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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: havresac, from German habersack, from haber 'oats' + sack 'bag'

haversack

noun
     
hav‧er‧sack [countable]
British English old-fashioned a bag that you carry on your back [= backpack, rucksack]

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