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or bi·da·ra bi·dar·kee bai·dar·ka

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  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

  • But suppose the bidarka is gone—he very probably took that with him.

    The Young Alaskans</p>

    Emerson Hough

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

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

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

  • As the grain of sand is to the bidarka, as the bidarka is to the schooner, so the schooner is to the steamer.

British Dictionary definitions for bidarka


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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