umiak

or oo·mi·ak

[ oo-mee-ak ]
/ ˈu miˌæk /
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noun

an open Eskimo boat that consists of a wooden frame covered with skins and provided with several thwarts: used for transport of goods and passengers.

Nearby words

  1. ume,
  2. umeboshi,
  3. umeå,
  4. umf,
  5. umfazi,
  6. umist,
  7. uml,
  8. umlaut,
  9. umlungu,
  10. umma

Origin of umiak

First recorded in 1760–70, umiak is from the Inuit word umiaq women's boat

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oomiak

oomiac

/ (ˈuːmɪˌæk) /

noun

other words for umiak

umiak

oomiak

/ (ˈuːmɪˌæk) /

noun

a large open boat made of stretched skins, used by InuitCompare kayak

Word Origin for umiak

C18: from Greenland Inuktitut: boat for the use of women

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Word Origin and History for oomiak

umiak

n.

"large Eskimo boat," c.1743, from Eskimo umiaq "an open skin boat." Said by 18c.-19c. sources to be a "woman's boat," as opposed to the kayak, which was worked exclusively by men.

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