- a type of packsack that consists of two connected sacks and is hung on either side of a packsaddle.
Origin of kyack2
An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; origin uncertain
or kai·ak, ky·ack, ky·ak
- an Eskimo canoe with a skin cover on a light framework, made watertight by flexible closure around the waist of the occupant and propelled with a double-bladed paddle.
- a small boat resembling this, made commercially of a variety of materials and used in sports.
- to go or travel by kayak.
- to travel on by kayak: to kayak the Colorado River.
Origin of kayak
First recorded in 1750–60, kayak is from the Inuit word qayaq
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Examples from the Web for kyack
To loosen the straps that held the kyack covers was an easy matter.Tales from the X-bar Horse Camp
Will C. Barnes
The alforjas is constructed of heavy duck and leather, and of the same dimensions as the kyack.
That is to say, one kyack should hang no lower upon the animal's side than the other, and both should hang as high as possible.
Step to off side, turn loop over, and engage it around the ends and bottom of kyack, from front to rear.
Return to near side, and pass the loose end of running rope around the forward end, bottom and finally rear end of kyack.
- a small light canoe-like boat used by the Inuit, consisting of a light frame covered with watertight animal skins
- a fibreglass or canvas-covered canoe of similar design
C18: from Inuktitut (Greenland dialect)
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Word Origin and History for kyack
1757, from Danish kajak, from Greenland Eskimo qayaq, literally "small boat of skins." The verb is attested from 1875, from the noun.
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