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komatik

[koh-mat-ik] /koʊˈmæt ɪk/
Chiefly Canadian.
1.
an Eskimo sled made by binding crossbars to wooden runners with rawhide.
Origin of komatik
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25, komatik is from the Inuit word qamutik
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Historical Examples
  • Advantage was taken of the daylight hours to mend the komatik mud.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • Sails can sometimes be used with advantage on the komatik as an adjunct.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • I'm thinkin' now if you stays with the dogs and komatik, I'll go and set the traps.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • They knew their master had left them and had come back to the komatik to wait.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Billy's club, torn from the komatik, was lying one end in his little fire.

    Billy Topsail, M.D. Norman Duncan
  • The building of the sled, or komatik, is a most important matter.

  • The dogs had all they could do to drag the komatik with the luggage on it.

    Le Petit Nord

    Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
  • He could not see the dogs now—he could hardly see the length of the komatik.

    Bobby of the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • You'll be needin' dogs and komatik (sledge) to take you about.

    Troop One of the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • When the last hunter had disappeared the next morning, the komatik was got ready.

    Ungava Bob

    Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for komatik

komatik

/ˈkəʊmætɪk/
noun
1.
a sledge having wooden runners and crossbars bound with rawhide, used by the Inuit and other related peoples
Word Origin
C20: from Inuktitut (Labrador)
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