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  1. bidarka.


or bi·da·ra bi·dar·kee bai·dar·ka

  1. a sealskin boat used by Aleuts and southern Alaskan Eskimos.

Origin of bidarka

1825–35; < Russian baĭdárka, equivalent to baĭdár(a) kind of river craft (apparently akin to baĭdák river craft, barge, Old Russian baidakŭ, bodakŭ, of obscure origin) + -ka diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples

  • The baidarka is about sixteen feet in length, and two feet in width at the middle, tapering to a point at either end.

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    Hubert Howe Bancroft

  • The small boat is called by the natives kyak, and by the Russians baidarka.

British Dictionary definitions for baidarka


bidarkee (baɪˈdɑːkiː)

  1. a canoe covered in animal skins, esp sealskin, used by the Inuit of Alaska

Word Origin

C19: from Russian baidarka, diminutive of baidara umiak
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