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 for knapsack
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knapsack \Knap"sack`\, n. [D. knapzak; knappen to eat + zak a
     bag. See Knap, v. t., and Sack.]
     A case of canvas, leather, nylon, or other sturdy fabric,
     fitted with straps, for carrying on the back the food,
     clothing, or other supplies for a soldier or a traveler; as,
     to hike up the mountain with lunch in a knapsack.
     [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
           And each one fills his knapsack or his scrip
           With some rare thing that on the field is found.
                                                    --Drayton.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  knapsack
      n 1: a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder [syn:
           backpack, back pack, knapsack, packsack,
           rucksack, haversack]

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