from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Strips of rawhide, sinew, or gut used for sewing, lacing, or fastening: snowshoes webbed with babiche.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Thong(s) of rawhide or sinew used as cord, lacing, or webbing, in the manufacture of snowshoes, braided straps and tumplines, fishing and harpoon lines, knit bags, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rawhide thong.
Canadian French, of Algonquian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested 1800–10. From Canadian French, from Mi'kmaq ápapíj ("cord, thread"), diminutive of ápapi, from Proto-Algonquian *aʔlapa·py, *aʔlapa·pyi, from *aʔlapy- (“net”) + *-a·py (“string”). (Wiktionary)