From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Colporteur \Col"por'teur\ (?; 277), noun [F. colporteur one who carries on his neck, fr. colporter to carry on one's neck; col (L. collum) neck + porter (L. portare) to carry.] A hawker; specifically, one who travels about selling and distributing religious tracts and books.
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