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bidarka

or bi·da·ra bi·dar·kee bai·dar·ka

[bahy-dahr-kuh]
noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for bidarka

Historical Examples

  • But suppose the bidarka is gone—he very probably took that with him.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough

  • There is every chance that he left the bidarka somewhere in the creek.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough

  • They hurried the bidarka across the sea-wall to the open water of the bay.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough

  • Two of the men hoisted the bidarka on their shoulders and carried it up to the fire.

  • As the grain of sand is to the bidarka, as the bidarka is to the schooner, so the schooner is to the steamer.


British Dictionary definitions for bidarka

bidarka

bidarkee (baɪˈdɑːkiː)

noun
  1. a canoe covered in animal skins, esp sealskin, used by the Inuit of Alaska
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Word Origin

C19: from Russian baidarka, diminutive of baidara umiak
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