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Kna'psack. n.s. [from knappen, to eat.] The bag which a soldier carries on his back; a bag of provisions.

The constitutions of this church shall not be repealed, 'till I see more religious motives than soldiers carry in their knapsacks. King Charles.

If you are for a merry jaunt, I'll try for once who can foot it farthest: there are hedges in Summer, and barns in Winter to be found: I with my knapsack, and you with your bottle at your back: we'll leave honour to madmen, and riches to knaves, and travel 'till we come to the ridge of the world. Dryden's Spanish Fryar.

Sources: Charles I (27) · Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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