[pa-poos, puh-]

A papoose (from the Algonquian papoos, meaning "child") is an English loanword whose present meaning is "an American Indian child" (regardless of tribe). The word came originally from the Narragansett.

The term also sometimes refers to Cradle boards and other child carriers, which were used by Native American Indians and went by many names, but in the United States and the United Kingdom, the term papoose is used to refer to a child carrier, many of which are similar to those used by Indians. Some are simple slings and others are similar to a rucksack; unlike rucksacks, papooses can be worn on either the front or the back.

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