colporteur

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col·por·teur

 (kŏl′pôr′tər)
n.
A peddler of devotional literature.

[French, alteration (influenced by col, neck, from the idea that peddlers carry their wares on trays suspended from straps around their necks) of Old French comporteur, from comporter, to conduct, peddle; see comport.]

colporteur

(ˈkɒlˌpɔːtə; French kɔlpɔrtœr)
n
(Commerce) a hawker of books, esp bibles
[C18: from French, from colporter, probably from Old French comporter to carry (see comport); influenced through folk etymology by porter à col to carry on one's neck]
ˈcolˌportage n

col•por•teur

(ˈkɒlˌpɔr tər, -ˌpoʊr-)

n.
a person who travels to sell or publicize Bibles, religious tracts, etc.
[1790–1800; < French]
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