bidarka

or bi·da·ra bi·dar·kee bai·dar·ka

[ bahy-dahr-kuh ]
/ baɪˈdɑr kə /

noun

a sealskin boat used by Aleuts and southern Alaskan Eskimos.

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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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bidarka

bidarkee (baɪˈdɑːkiː)

/ (baɪˈdɑːkə) /

noun

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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