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Kodiak

[koh-dee-ak] /ˈkoʊ diˌæk/
noun
1.
an island in the N Pacific, near the base of the Alaska Peninsula. 100 miles (160 km) long.
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  • The eagle braked madly, trying to escape a giant Kodiak bear.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Something comfortable, like, say, a Bengal tiger or a Kodiak bear.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Kodiak, the town which was buried, was a hundred miles away.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • Baranoff, for a time after becoming Chief Director, resided in Kodiak.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • The natives of Kodiak are more highly civilized than in other parts of Alaska.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • Only once had she talked with white women, and that was during a visit to Kodiak.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • The Russian influence is still there, after all these years—as it is in Kodiak and Unalaska.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • By 1820 these voyages had extended to Japan, and in 1836 they reached what is known as the Kodiak Grounds.

  • They will find no finer spot on earth for the promulgation of their industry than the Island of Kodiak.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • The law was intended to protect the Kodiak bear, the "great brown bear" as it is called.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for Kodiak

Kodiak

/ˈkəʊdɪˌæk/
noun
1.
an island in S Alaska, in the Gulf of Alaska: site of the first European settlement in Alaska, made by Russians in 1784. Pop: 13 466 (2004 est). Area: 8974 sq km (3465 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Kodiak

Alaskan island, from Russian Kadiak, from Alutiiq (Eskimo) qikertaq "island."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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