- 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
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.
“When the oomiak swelled I thought it was going to burst,” added the chief.
“That is my beast you are fighting,” remarked Oolalik, as the oomiak came up.The Walrus Hunters
It was Arbalik in a kayak, preceding an oomiak propelled by several women.Red Rooney
- other words for umiak
- a large open boat made of stretched skins, used by InuitCompare kayak
C18: from Greenland Inuktitut: boat for the use of women
Word Origin and History for oomiak
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper