from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stringy thread made from the roots of various conifers and used by certain Native American peoples in sewing and weaving.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The root of the spruce, and sometimes also of the pine, split lengthwise into strips and used in the construction of baskets and canoes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The long slender roots of the white spruce, Picea alba, which are used by canoe-makers in north western North America for binding together the strips of birch-bark.
Ojibwa wadab.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ojibwe wadab ("spruce root"). (Wiktionary)