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or bidara, bidarkee, baidarka

[bahy-dahr-kuh] /baɪˈdɑr kə/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • But suppose the bidarka is gone—he very probably took that with him.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
  • There is every chance that he left the bidarka somewhere in the creek.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
  • They hurried the bidarka across the sea-wall to the open water of the bay.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
  • Two of the men hoisted the bidarka on their shoulders and carried it up to the fire.

    Children of the Frost Jack London
  • As the grain of sand is to the bidarka, as the bidarka is to the schooner, so the schooner is to the steamer.

    Children of the Frost Jack London
  • There be room in his bidarka for two, and he would that thou camest with him.

    Children of the Frost Jack London
  • Across the hollow tendrils the old chief guided the bidarka silently, in a zigzag course.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • The third, called a kayak, differs from the bidarka only in being longer and having two or three holes.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • As she pulled the bidarka up on the other shore she instructed the children to remain in the boat till she returned.

  • They sit in small hatch with apron all around their bodies, and the bidarka goes over the roughest sea and floats like a bladder.

    Our Little Alaskan Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
British Dictionary definitions for bidarka


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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