or Os·ti·ak


noun, plural Os·ty·aks, (especially collectively) Os·ty·ak.

Origin of Ostyak

1715–25; < Russian ostyák originally a Khanty, later used for the Samoyedic Selkup, the Ket, and certain Mansi groups < Khanty ās-jax, plural of as-xo one living on the Ob, equivalent to Ās the river Ob + xo man
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Examples from the Web for ostiak

Historical Examples of ostiak

  • The town of Narym in the Ostiak country takes its name from the marshes round it.


    Robert Gordon Latham

  • We have eighteen Ostiak dogs with us in prime condition, and expect to drag our ship's boat upon sledges.

    A Man's Woman

    Frank Norris

  • Iermak appointed Alatscha, an Ostiak prince, as chief of the tribes of the Obi.

British Dictionary definitions for ostiak



plural -aks or -ak a member of an Ugrian people living in NW Siberia E of the Urals
the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family: related to Hungarian
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