Comes from the Spanish word for Knapsack.

Backpackers in South America are known as mochileros or mochilars.

Carrying a 20 – 120 liter Mochila which is their home and their life for the months they spend as vagabonds / travelers.

Mo*chi"la (?), n. [Sp.]

A large leather flap which covers the saddletree.

[Western U.S.]

 

© Webster 1913.

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