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