EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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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Ostyak wears a great-coat made of the skin of a white deer; this gives him the appearance of a great white bear.
The reindeer, after he is dead, is of as much use to the
Ostyak, as when he was alive; for his skin is his master's clothing.
The Samoyed tent is commonly covered with reindeer skins, the
Ostyak tent with birch bark. British Dictionary definitions for ostyak noun 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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