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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.
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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 umiak

Historical Examples

  • And the umiak and its crew of women stayed there, and wintered in that place.

    Eskimo Folktales

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  • I have found a dead whale; to-morrow we must all go out in the umiak and cut it up.

  • And at the same moment the sea was lashed into foam, but the umiak had reached the land.

  • The covering of the umiak is made of skins of the largest seals.

  • The skins and poles can be transported when the umiak is able to carry them.


British Dictionary definitions for umiak

umiak

oomiak

noun
  1. a large open boat made of stretched skins, used by InuitCompare kayak
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Word Origin

C18: from Greenland Inuktitut: boat for the use of women
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Word Origin and History for 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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