or bi·da·ra bi·dar·kee bai·dar·ka
- 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 of baidarka
The baidarka is about sixteen feet in length, and two feet in width at the middle, tapering to a point at either end.
The small boat is called by the natives kyak, and by the Russians baidarka.
- a canoe covered in animal skins, esp sealskin, used by the Inuit of Alaska
Word Origin for bidarka
C19: from Russian baidarka, diminutive of baidara umiak
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