from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A box-like container made from birch-bark, especially one in which sugar is stored.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A box of birch bark for sugar, rice, etc., used by the Indians of Ontario, Minnesota, Michigan, etc.
From an Algonquian language, probably Ojibwe makak ("semi-rigid container, birch bark basket, box"). (Wiktionary)