umiak

or oo·mi·ak

[oo-mee-ak]
noun
  1. 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.

Origin of umiak

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

Historical Examples of oomiak

  • The oomiak was about twenty-seven feet in length by six in width.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • “But where the kayak and the oomiak cannot float the sledge may go,” said the Captain.

    The Giant of the North

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “When the oomiak swelled I thought it was going to burst,” added the chief.

    The Giant of the North

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “That is my beast you are fighting,” remarked Oolalik, as the oomiak came up.

    The Walrus Hunters

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • It was Arbalik in a kayak, preceding an oomiak propelled by several women.

    Red Rooney

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for oomiak

oomiak

oomiac

noun
  1. other words for umiak

umiak

oomiak

noun
  1. 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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