What is the meaning of 'knap' as in knapsack? The dictionary doesn't answer it for me.
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shantaram 23 year member
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Etymology: Low German knappsack or Dutch knapzak, from Low German and Dutch knappen to make a snapping noise, eat + Low German sack or Dutch zak sack Date: 1603 : a bag (as of canvas or nylon) strapped on the back and used for carrying supplies or personal belongings.
- From MERRIAM-WEBSTER Dictionary
Aug 02 2000, 2:12 PM
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Additionally: 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."