A papoose (from the Algonquian papoose, meaning "child") is an American English loanword whose present meaning is "a Native American child" (regardless of tribe) or, even more generally, any child, usually used as a term of endearment, often in the context of the child's mother. The word came originally from the Narragansett tribe. In 1643, Roger Williams recorded the word in his A Key Into the Language of America, helping to popularize it.
Cradle boards and other child carriers used by Native Americans are known by various names. In the United States and the United Kingdom, the term "papoose" is sometimes used to refer to a child carrier. Some tribal members consider this usage offensive.
- Papoose. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved December 05, 2008, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Papoose
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