Origin of Ostyak
1715–25; < Russian ostyák originally a Khanty, later used for the Samoyedic Selkup, the Ket, and certain Mansi groups < Khanty ās-jax, plural of as-xo one living on the Ob, equivalent to Ās the river Ob + xo man
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Examples from the Web for ostyak
The Ostyak wears a great-coat made of the skin of a white deer; this gives him the appearance of a great white bear.
The reindeer, after he is dead, is of as much use to the Ostyak, as when he was alive; for his skin is his master's clothing.
The Samoyed tent is commonly covered with reindeer skins, the Ostyak tent with birch bark.The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II
- plural -aks or -ak a member of an Ugrian people living in NW Siberia E of the Urals
- the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family: related to Hungarian
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