Definition of haversack in English:
- They walked with their webbing packed full of ammunition and in their haversacks they carried five days' bully beef and biscuits and a minimum of personal gear.
- Over one shoulder he carried a haversack full of food.
- Wearing wool uniforms and carrying haversacks and rifles that can weigh up to 30 pounds, they will march for miles under an oftentimes blazing summer sun.
This comes via French from obsolete German Habersack which described a bag used by soldiers to carry oats as horse feed. The word came from dialect Haber ‘oats’ and Sack ‘sack, bag’.
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